Wind energy industry in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Published by Ian Tiseo, Jan 25, 2019
In the past seventeen years, the installed wind power capacity in the United Kingdom has been increasing significantly, reaching a total of 18,872 megawatts in 2017. That same year, the cumulative wind power capacity amounted to 9,279 megawatts in England and 7,653 megawatts in Scotland, while Northern Ireland recorded a cumulative wind power capacity of only 1,157 megawatts.

With regards to wind energy, the combined onshore and offshore wind power capacity reached 16,216 megawatts in 2016. By 2020, wind power production is expected to reach 35,156 gigawatt hours for onshore wind and 56,721 gigawatt hours for offshore wind.

Between 2010 and 2013, the number of jobs in the onshore wind industry has grown steadily each year, reaching 19,000 jobs created in the United Kingdom. Similarly, the number of jobs created in the offshore wind industry increased over this period to 13,700 jobs. Additionally, the gross value added development from the onshore wind energy sector was measured at 1.7 billion British pounds in 2013, while it reached 1 billion British pounds from the offshore energy wind sector.

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