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DECC: UK’s Green Power Output Rises 30%

wind-turbines-shutterstockThe amount of electricity in the UK generated from renewables skyrocketed 30 percent in 2013 with wind energy leading the pack of green power sources, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The DECC report said renewables including wind, solar and hydroelectric made up 14.9 percent of electricity generated in the UK during 2013, reported Platts. The rise in installed capacity was largely due to increases in wind, especially since 2009, as well as increases in solar PV and the conversion of coal plants to biomass.

Investment in green energy is accelerating with almost  £8 billion ($13.4 billion ) poured into a range of renewable technologies in 2013, according to a statement from Kingston MP Edward Davey.

In 2013, Offshore wind output rose 52 percent to 11.4 TWh from the previous year, while onshore wind rose 40 percent on year to 17 TWh. Bioenergy also jumped 24 percent, reflecting a shift away from coal, and solar PV power generation rose 51 percent to 2TWh, reported Platts.

Hydro generation fell by 11 percent, largely due to lower average rainfall levels in 2013.

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