A new report says wind turbines are “so popular that they have become an industry staple” with the help of wind energy and wind-power-producing technology.
The report, Wind Technologies and Innovation in the UK: A Global View, was published by the think tank Renewable Energy and the Environment (REWE), which commissioned the research.
Wind power is an important part of the UK’s energy mix and has become an essential component of the grid, as well as contributing to the UK economy, according to the report.
REWE’s research found that wind-turbine technologies have a significant impact on the cost of electricity, with the average UK turbine generating about 1.5% more energy than conventional turbines.
REME said that wind turbines have also been an effective means of reducing carbon emissions in the energy mix.
“The renewable energy revolution has changed the face of energy production, as wind has been the only source of power to supply a large portion of the nation’s power demand,” said Andrew MacGregor, the organisation’s director of research.
“However, the new generation of wind turbines has made it very difficult to maintain a steady energy supply in this increasingly globalised and electrified world.”
The study found that the total energy produced by wind turbines is more than half that of conventional wind farms, and this trend is likely to continue, with wind-powered wind turbines contributing more than 20% of the energy output by 2050.
The study also found that renewable energy technology is also being adopted in the private sector, with a small number of firms adopting the technology.
REBE reported that wind power’s cost has fallen by 50% in the past five years.
“In 2020, wind power accounted for less than 2% of UK electricity, which was lower than it was in 2015,” said Mr MacGregin.
“Wind power is becoming a standard tool for generating power, and it is now cheaper than ever before.
Renewable energy, however, is the future and will become the future of electricity generation in the long-term.”
REWE welcomes the report and encourages the government to ensure a more robust and inclusive approach to renewable energy and energy policy.”