Wind Energy

Row of Four Green Energy Wind Turbines In a FieldWind turbine technology is developing at a pace. Europe is at the hub of this high-technology industry. Turbines are becoming more powerful and effective, with the latest models having longer blades, allowing them to capture more wind and therefore producing more electricity.

Wind energy is well-placed to help meet the climate change challenge. It is proven technology and as of November 2013, there were over 4,100 turbines across the UK with an installed capacity of over 6,700MW – enough to power over 3.5m homes and save 6.7m tonnes of CO₂ every year. ( The data on homes equivalent is based on an estimated annual household energy consumption of 4.226MWh (DECC 2012); CO₂ levels based on average grid emission factor of 449g/kWh( DECC 2011 – table 6))

We use a range of turbines, typical sizes from 50kW to 3MW, from leading European manufacturers, and select the most appropriate one to maximise the potential of your site. Factors that we consider in turbine selection include: energy yield, quietness in operation, site access, and grid requirements.

A typical single 2.5MW turbine will generate enough electricity to meet the demands of some 1,300 homes and offset the release of over 74,000 tonnes of CO₂ over its 30 year lifespan.

A tracking survey conducted quarterly for DECC by an independent research organisation has shown consistently high levels of public support for the use of renewable energy. Interviews conducted with 2,103 UK adults in September 2013 showed 66% of respondents support the use of onshore wind to generate the UK’s electricity. Only 12% are opposed.

Further information:

Renewable UK

DECC (2013), Public Attitudes Tracker