ONS figures show UK getting closer to renewable energy generation target

The Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Dudgeon offshore Wind Farm, situated just off Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The UK is edging closer to its target of generating 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, new figures show.

While overall energy consumption has gone down since 1990 the proportion from renewable sources has risen substantially, to around 8.5% in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The East of England coast is now contributing more to the UK’s renewable energy supply after the opening of the Dudgeon wind farm off the coast from Cromer this week, which will provide enough energy for 410,000 homes from its 67 turbines.

A widely-welcomed tax change for offshore assets in the North Sea, announced in the Budget, could provide new opportunities for offshore wind farms, while the government’s clean air strategy, due in 2018, is likely to push for greater use of renewable energy.

The ONS will be producing regular updates to show the UK’s progress on various sustainable development goals.

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