More power is coming from renewables

NEARLY a tenth of the country's electricity supply is coming from renewable sources, according to new government figures.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change says that in the third quarter of 2010 electricity from renewables stood at 8.6 per cent of the total supply.

This puts the government's target of providing 10 per cent of energy from renewables in sight.

The contribution from wind power has risen by 37 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Industry statistics show that there are currently 8,617 megawatts (MW) of wind farm capacity either in construction or with planning permits around the UK scheduled to go on stream within the next 24 to 36 months.