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Offshore wind power helps UK reach record energy generation from renewables in second quarter

PUBLISHED: 14:42 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 28 September 2017

The Scroby Sands Wind Farm off Great Yarmouth beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Scroby Sands Wind Farm off Great Yarmouth beach. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Almost a third of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017, according to government statistics – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

New figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June show a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources, beating the previous record of 26.9% set in the first quarter of the year.

Wind accounted for 45% of clean energy generated in the quarter – 27% from onshore and 18% from offshore – due to increased capacity and higher wind speeds, the report said. Generation of offshore wind was up by 50% on the same period last year.

The East of England is a major generator of offshore wind energy in the UK, with the Sheringham Shoal, Scroby Sands and Greater Gabbard developments having a collective capacity of 881 mega watts (MW).

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