Scotland Pulls Ahead Of England In Onshore Wind, While England Races Offshore

Published: 12 Oct 2015

Scotland’s onshore wind industry is pulling ahead of England’s, but England is focusing a lot of its attention on its offshore industry.

Scotland’s onshore wind industry is pulling ahead of England’s, but England is focusing a lot of its attention on its offshore industry.

 

These are the key findings from a new report from the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association, RenewableUK, which published its annual Wind Energy in the UK report this week.

 

According to the report, 60% of UK onshore wind projects are now installed and operational inside Scotland, with the Scottish onshore wind industry now generating a higher annual turnover for the UK overall than England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (the remainder of the United Kingdom) combined. Specifically, over the 12 months covered by the report (July 2014 through to June 2015), 50% of all construction activity and 70% of all new consents were in Scotland, while only 25% of capacity and less than 10% of new consents were in England — the lowest consenting rate for the whole of the UK.

 

However, the offshore wind industry in the UK is still focused on England, with almost 1.4 GW of offshore wind constructed in English waters, and another 4.9 GW of new capacity consented in England over the past year — compared to Scotland’s 2.3 GW consented.

 

The UK wind energy industry received investment of £1.25 billion over the period of the study, while more than 30,500 people in Britain depend on the wind industry for their livelihoods, with 15,500 direct and 15,078 indirect jobs.

 

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