The last 10 years have seen unprecedented growth in the contribution of wind power to the UK’s energy needs.
Thousands of wind turbines have been erected both onshore and offshore, on sites that have been heralded as the bedrock of the UK’s bid to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Politicians see wind power as so important, Boris Johnson has pledged the UK will become the Saudi Arabia of wind, a reference to oil production giant.
But, how do the government’s plans stack up? Is the UK really going to be the largest wind energy producer on the planet?
The growth in wind turbines
In the last 20 years, the contribution of wind power to the UK’s energy needs has gone from around 320MW (in 2001) to more than 24GW (in 2021) – a 73-fold increase.
Nearly 20GW of that has come on stream in the last 10 years.
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