Great Britain’s transition to wind energy has been boosted by the installation of several new wind energy farms, significantly reducing the island’s reliance on coal. Discover ENGIE activities in the UK for a sustainable transition.
Electricity generated in Britain is cleaner than ever before, thanks in large part to development of the wind power sector. In 2017, the percentage of British electricity coming from wind farms leapt to 15 percent from 10 percent in 2016. Clean energy is taking the place of coal power, which now makes up just 7 percent of the island’s power, as opposed to more than 40 percent six years ago*.
While part of the surge of wind energy in Britain in the past year can be attributed to the weather (notably storms Ophelia and Brian), new wind installations have also contributed to the growth of the sector.
Between 2016 and 2017, a whopping 14 terrawatts/hour of wind power were produced in Britain – more than the expected production of just one of the two Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors currently under construction*. This increase is due in large part to two new off-shore wind installations on the island: Rampion, near Brighton, and Dudgeon, off the Norfolk coast.
A third off-shore wind farm is currently under construction thanks to a new partnership between ENGIE and EDPR. The Moray Offshore Windfarm, which will be located off the northeast coast of Scotland, is slate for completion in 2022 and is expected to provide for 950 MW of energy capacity, capable of providing power to over 950,000 UK homes.
Moray Offshore Windfarm will be ENGIE’s first offshore wind development in the UK. “ENGIE is committed to investing in sustainable energy solutions and innovative services in the UK, including renewable energy generation,” says Wilfrid Petrie, CEO for ENGIE in the UK & Ireland. “Moray East will make a significant contribution towards helping the UK meet its decarbonisation targets and it will also support ENGIE’s ambition for 25% of its global energy portfolio to be renewable by 2020.”
Wind energy is also getting cheaper for Brits: the latest round of government auctions for low-carbon energy saw winning bids pricing wind power at under 58 pounds per megawatt hour, as compared to 93 pounds per megawatt hour for the nuclear power produced at Hinkley Point*.
ENGIE UK is also contributing to cheaper energy for consumers, with offers to provide 100 percent renewable energy to home customers at no added cost. ENGIE’s fixed Control tariff sets energy prices for three years to help protect Brits against price increases and changes in the energy market.
Brits are also working hard to reduce their overall energy demands, contributing to the current 12-year downward trend with regards to energy use in Great Britain. In 2017, Britain used about as much electricity as in 1987, despite a 17 percent population increase over the same period*.
ENGIE UK is helping to champion this cause with Connected Home technologies, which provide facilities for consumers to reduce their energy consumption via increased usage information, energy analysis, and smart technologies, such as smart heating control systems.
While the arrival of new technologies, such as electric-powered vehicles, risks increasing these demands slightly in the coming years, ENGIE will continue to be at the forefront of the trend for cleaner energy. The Group has already begun working with local councils to power civic buildings, schools, and parks nationwide with cleaner sources of power.