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Real Life Figures Show Which Way The Wind Blows

July 29, 2013

The latest figures for renewable electricity production make for impressive reading. In the face of a small but vocal opposition to wind technology the annual Digest of UK Energy Statistics shows that electricity production from renewable energy sources in 2012 was up by almost 20% on the previous year and accounted for over 11% of all electricity generated in the year.

  • Electricity generation from onshore wind increased by 17% and
  • this month, the RenewableUK Wind Energy Database stated the UK has installed sufficient capacity to power the equivalent of nearly five and a half million homes.
  • The overall installed capacity of renewables rose by 27% on the previous year, thanks largely to a 27% increase in onshore wind capacity
  • Government figures say this increase is based on wind generation, onshore and offshore, with the wind “Load Factor” of 33.7%, overtaking Gas at 30.4%.

All this tells us that wind energy has developed from a “”potentially useful”, energy source, to a clear demonstration of its critical importance to an energy strategy for the nation. This is as true at a personal and individual business level as it is at a strategic level.  

Farm Scale Wind Is Now A Vital Tool For Rural Business.

 With the NFU saying renewables give hard-pressed farmers a vital stream of income; wind offers the highest rate of return.  Analysis from NatWest, RBS and RenewableUK shows farmers earn as much as £50,000 a year from generating their own wind energy:

And one thing we can at least be certain about is that energy prices will continue to rise.  Some forecasts see an average dual-fuel bill in the UK rising by 30 to 50 per cent in the next four years. But frankly we don’t need to be experts to extrapolate rocketing rises in energy costs...we just need to look at our own bills!

The future for rural homes and businesses is challenging but farm scale wind is part of the solution:

  • A Gaia-Wind Turbine is a unit of farm machinery which is in harmony with its setting and an integral part of the farm business
  • More than half of the rural homes and farms in the UK are hampered by only having access to single phase electricity.
  • The Gaia-Wind Single Phase connection option will allow these, including crofters and smallholders, to benefit from:
    • Using the energy they generate  to cut out or reduce charges from utilities, or gas and diesel  providers;
    • Receiving index linked Feed in Tariff payments; and
    • Selling what’s left over to the grid.

 

Johnnie Andringa

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