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Another new record for renewables

Renewables made up 47% of UK electricity generation between April and June this year. 30% of that was wind power. In this post we look behind the numbers, and meet some of our new wind generators.

The latest renewable stats are out, and it’s great news. Renewables made up a staggering 47% of all electricity generated in the UK between April and June this year, compared to 36% the year before. It’s a new record, and a testament to the success of renewable growth. 

Renewables put 30% more power on the grid compared to this time last year. Renewable 'capacity', the total amount of electricity we'd get if all renewable sites in the UK produced at maximum efficiency, has increased by more than 5% in the last year alone, too.

Note: In the last year, wind’s share of UK electricity has grown the most of all renewables. Source: BEIS Energy Trends, data for the first quarter of each year.

While all renewables have grown, onshore and offshore wind have the biggest share, together making up 30% of UK electricity. Wind has grown the most of all renewable technologies, too, with 8% more wind 'capacity' than this time last year. At Bulb, we’ve started working with some exciting new wind generators across the UK, who are helping to drive the change.

Meet some of our new wind generators

We work with 12 wind sites across the UK, from the Shetlands and Orkney islands to Wales and Kent. Together they add 120 megawatts (MW) of capacity to the grid, avoiding 90,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Ness Point

Ness Point lies at England's most easterly point, making the most of the strong winds from the North Sea. At 126m tall, the turbine was the tallest in the UK when it was built in 2005. Today, it’s the standard height for turbines, a demonstration of the advances in turbine technology in the last few years. 

The turbine at Ness Point, affectionately called 'Gulliver', was the tallest in the UK when it was built in 2005. Photo credit: Thrive Renewables

Burradale

Burradale is one of the world's most productive wind farms. The wind on the Shetland Islands is so powerful these turbines generate electricity at a whopping 52% efficiency, compared to the UK average of 27%.

Burgar Hill

Burgar Hill started experimenting with wind energy back in the 80s. Today they're a fully-fledged wind farm with 6 turbines. The site neighbours an RSPB bird reserve, and turbines were built to ensure they don't disturb any bird flight paths, a great example of a wind project designed with the local environment in mind.

More people on green tariffs are driving the change

It feels good to see this happening, especially as the UK public are helping drive the change. More people on affordable green tariffs helps drive the market for renewable energy. As more people make the switch, we’ll need more renewable generation to meet this demand. And at Bulb, we can’t wait to see what the numbers will look like this time next year.


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Header image photo credit: Ørsted's Walney offshore wind farm, one of our generators