Provisional statistics released this week by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that the amount of electricity produced by wind grew 38% from 2012 to 2013. In total the amount of energy generated by wind grew from 5.5% in the mix in 2012 to 7.7% in 2013.
The initial conclusions suggest that traditional fossil fuel production is falling, in part due to falls in UK output of oil and gas. The report from DECC states that for the first time in 2013 net imports of gas exceeded UK production.
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK commented:
“It’s great to see the way wind power has grown in just one year. Each unit of wind power production means that we’re having to import less foreign fuel – especially gas which is eyewateringly expensive. There has been a steady decline of UK production of traditional energy sources, so we need to make sure there is something replacing that – and wind is increasingly playing that role.
“Developing our wind resource doesn’t just provide security of energy supply, it also tackles climate change and creates jobs in some of the areas which need them most. It’s crucial that we continue to develop our ability to harness our abundant natural resources to generate clean power.”
RenewableUK also announced that at its Board Meeting that Julian Brown, AREVA Wind’s Country Director for the UK, and Chairman of Norstec, was elected as Chairman, succeeding previous incumbent Andrew Jamieson.
Jamieson served as Chairman since June 2010, and has stepped down from the RenewableUK Board of Directors due to increasing demands in his role as Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Brown was elected as a member of the RenewableUK Board in June 2012, and has chaired Norstec, an industry partnership promoting the opportunities for offshore renewables in the Northern seas, since June 2013.
“Having enjoyed my role on the Board over the last 18 months, I’m delighted to take on the role of Chairman, to help to guide the industry through the period ahead, including the important challenges of moving to the Contracts for Difference system and the upcoming General Election. Working on the Board under Andrew Jamieson’s Chairmanship has been a great preparation for this, and I would like to pay tribute to his work.”
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK said:
“Andrew Jamieson has been a superb Chairman, adeptly navigating the industry and Association through a period of intense change as he has served as a Director for over six and half years and Chairman for more than three and a half years. The Board and I have greatly valued his contribution and leadership, and understand the decision he has had to take as the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult ramps up its activity. I am delighted that the Board has chosen such an able and energetic successor, and look forward to working with him over such a crucial forthcoming period for the industry”.