In the UK wind energy accounts for 24% of total electricity generation, according to data released by the ONS in 2020. Both onshore and offshore wind is used to generate electricity in this country, and as we currently stand, we are a world leader in generating wind energy.
Thanks to the country’s geographical location and resources, wind energy has become a reliable solution for providing a renewable energy alternative for businesses and homes across the UK. Providing a carbon-free option for electricity.
Onshore and offshore wind
In the UK there are two different types of wind energy. Offshore and onshore. Both types provide enough power for businesses and homes across the nation.
Onshore wind provides one of the most cost-effective choices for electricity in the UK. Being cheaper than all of its alternatives, such as coal, gas, nuclear, and any other renewable electricity source. A clean and carbon-free alternative energy source, this is growing increasingly popular with the British public and businesses alike. The term onshore wind simply refers to those turbines that are located on land, you will have likely driven past a few on journeys across the UK.
Offshore wind refers to the energy generated by those wind farms located off the coast of the country. Typically found in the open sea, these are placed in locations where there are much higher wind speeds and can thereof generate more electricity than onshore wind turbines. Considered to be the most efficient means of generating wind energy, offshore wind in the UK is receiving huge amounts of investment, providing jobs to thousands and a clean, reliable and affordable energy source for the UK.
Wind energy is something we are considered to be successful in as a country, with many other nations looking to us for inspiration.
Environmental impacts of wind energy
As wind energy is a carbon-free source of energy, it makes a huge contribution to the UK’s effort in reducing our carbon emissions. Helping the country to tackle climate change.
Despite the varying opinions on wind energy and the development of wind farms across certain areas of the country, wind developments have far fewer impacts on the natural environment in comparison to other energy sources such as fossil fuels. Secondly, they can be easily replaced or removed quickly if necessary, making them a rather efficient means for generating energy.
Although other organisations such as animal welfare charities and conservationists are concerned about the protection of wildlife, this can be continued to be protected with careful project management and planning when choosing the location for a wind farm to be placed.
The future of wind energy in the UK
According to the National Grid, the year 2020 can be considered the “greenest year on record” (according to the current, available data) for Britain with record-high levels of wind energy generation. Despite the year not being one to celebrate other major issues, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, this is certainly some good news to come out of the UK.
We can use this information to set a precedent for years to come. As we continue to work towards a carbon-free world and tackle climate change, wind energy generation should increase as more and more companies adopt this energy source.
Renewable wind energy for your business
At D-ENERGi all the business electricity we supply to businesses up and down the country is sourced from UK-based wind farms. Providing British companies with 100% British renewable energy. This makes us truly unique in the sector of business electricity, providing companies with an alternative to traditional sources of energy, helping them to make a change and to reduce their carbon footprint.
If you would be interested in making the switch to renewable wind energy for your business, get in touch with our team of experts today. We can supply you with a business electricity quote and comparisons, to make your decision as simple as possible. Call us on 0800 781 7626 or submit a form online.