Project Development, Wind Power

UK Wind Energy Opens First Windfarm In Positive Year

The British Wind Energy Association says this year will see the beginning of an unprecedented period of growth and success for the industry.

LONDON, England (UK) 2002-02-11 [SolarAccess.com] The first British windfarm of 2002 has been commissioned at Out Newton in Yorkshire. Seven 1.3 MW turbines generated their first electricity on the January 31 but must complete a ten day running-in period before Powergen Renewables formally takes over the units from the Danish turbine manufacturer Bonus. BWEA says, by the end of last year, 200 MW of wind power was confirmed for construction this year, which will make it the single most successful year for wind power, increasing Britain’s total installed capacity to date by 40 percent. Last year continued the solid growth of previous years with 64.6 new megawatts installed. Total wind generating capacity in Britain now stands at 473.6 MW, generating 1.24 TWh a year for 0.37 percent of national power demand. Some key events for British wind power this year will include a review of planning policy guidance for windfarms, the first Global Wind Energy Conference in Paris, the federal Renewables Obligation on power generators, and the planning mechanism for ‘further offshore’ sites, say association officials.