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 Site last updated  31st March 2018 16.20

Coordinator -  Jonathan Lincoln


           
                    SEA -  The voice of the silent majority since 2005.....

                                                                  Celebrating thirteen years of supporting wind power

Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracker - 
Wave 23 Nov 2017 Renewable Energy -

82% of respondents expressed support for renewable energy, a slight increase from 77% at Wave 22 and 79% one year ago (Wave 19). Opposition to renewables remained very low at 3%, with only 1% strongly opposed.
 Support for a range of renewable energy developments remained high:84% of respondents said they supported solar energy, 79% said they supported both offshore wind and wave and tidal, 74% said they supported onshore wind and 69% supported biomass.
Figures from from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)



UK  Wind power output - 2017 (terrawatt hours -TWh)

                                                          Onshore                         Offshore
                   1st Quarter                     7.752                              5.160      
                   2nd Quarter                    6.205                              3.983      
                   3rd Quarter                     5.570                              3.947
                     4th Quarter                       9.179                                   7.797           
                 Total  generation for 2017        28.721                                 20.887                   49.608TWh

In 2017, electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 37% from 21TWh in 2016 to a record  28.7TWh with generation from offshore wind up by 27% from the previous year  from 16.4TWh to 20.9TWh

Generation figures onshore and offshore combined 
2012  (19.847TWh), 2013 (28.517TWh), 2014 (31.960TWh), 2015 (40.317TWh), 2016 (37.368TWh)  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Data from BEIS   


UK wind energy installed capacity as of 31st March 2018...
Onshore number of turbines 7,045 - Installed capacity 12.096GW 
Offshore number of turbines 1,660 - installed capacity 6.360GW
                           Total UK installed capacity 18.456GW  
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Data courtesy RenewableUK

Approximately  one third of wind power capacity is embedded (unmetered) This shows only as a drop in demand on some websites. However the Drax site (http://www.electricinsights.co.uk) includes embedded generation in real time.

UK Solar power - total installed capacity as of 31st March 2018 ... 
12.76 GW Source (BEIS)
Further information for solar generation - https://www.solar.sheffield.ac.uk/pvlive/


 
***Breaking News***

In 2017, generation from onshore wind increased by 37%, from 21.0TWh in 2016 to a record 28.7TWh. Offshore wind generation also reached a record level, increasing by 27%, from 16.4TWh to 20.9TWh. This was due to increased capacity and higher wind speeds compared with 2016, which has wind speeds 0.5 knots lower than the ten year average

Renewables' share of electricity generation was a record 29.4 percent, an increase of 4.9 percentage points on the 24.5% share in 2016

Renewable electricity capacity was 40.5GW at the end of 2017, a 13.3 percent increase(4.8GW) on a year earlier, largely due to increased wind (both on and offshore)and solar PV capacity

During 2017, onshore wind capacity increased by 1.9GW, with several large sites opening, or continuing to expand during the year. Offshore wind capacity increased by 1.7GW, also as a result of several large sites opening and expanding throughout the year. Solar increased by 0.9GW during 2017, compared to a 2.4GW increase during 2016.

In 2017, onshore wind's load factor averaged 27.6 per cent, a 3.9 percentage increase on 2016. Load factors for offshore wind increased by 2.9 percentage points from a four year low of of 36 per cent.


Source Data from Energy Trends March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy








***Recent news ***
Offshore wind prices tumble in record-breaking auction results -
cheaper than nuclear and gas
New wind energy record - outperforming coal in 2016...
New wind energy records set in December 2016...
New wind energy record 7th December 2016...
SEA writes to Sajid Javid MP following the consent for Horizontal Fracking in Lancashire... 
(SEA is opposed to fracking in principle)
New records set in best ever year for British wind energy generation...
Over 10 gigawatts of offshore wind secured in UK waters, doubling current capacity...
    SEA, together with Lincoln and Newark Green Party attend Fox Covert appeal, where members of the groups gave verbal submissions in support of the application...
SEA writes to Jeremy Corbyn the new Leader of the Labour Party...
SEA writes to Lisa Nandy MP, the new Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change...
SEA writes to Victoria Atkins MP asking her again for opinion on Fracking in Lincolnshire...
SEA makes a submission in support of the School Farm Solar Farm application, Warickshire...
SEA makes a submission opposing an application for 12 boreholes at Mission Springs near Bawtry... 
SEA writes to Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, asking for her opinion on Fracking in Lincolnshire and on the Governments plans to fast track the fracking planning process...
 Worlds largest wind farm project gets the go-ahead to grow even bigger...
IMF stats show UK fossil fuels still get billions in subsidies, while renewables slashed...
SEA writes to Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, thanking her for support wind power...
SEA writes to David Davis MP, following his ant-wind comments...As of August 9th SEA has received acknowledgement or response from the MP, does this mean he is unable to provide evidence to substantiate his claims ?
Cats kill 275 million other animals a year...
SEA writes to the Department for Communities and Local Government as to "what constitutes a local community"...
Climate change plans require urgent action, government warned...
SEA writes to all seven Lincolnshire Conservative MP's asking then to respond to the Committee on Climate Change's coments on the new UK onshore wind farm policy...as of July 14th, no response or acknowledgement has been received by any of the MP's... 
SEA writes to all seven Conservative MP's and asking them to respond to the EU climate chiefs comments on the new UK onshore wind policy... 
EU climate chief criticises UK wind farm policy...
SEA lobbies David Morris MP, following his anti wind farm comments...
SEA invited to the Gwynt-Y-Mor inauguration...
SEA celebrates tens years of supporting wind power...
SEA lobbies Victoria Atkins (MP for Louth and Horncastle) urging her to sign Callum McCaig's Early Day Motion on subsidies for onshore wind in Scotland...
  Ikea to spend one billion Euro's to tackle climate change...
SEA writes in support of the Criddon farm wind turbine application, Bridgnorth and the six turbine Sewstern Lane wind farm application, near Long Bennington...
SEA writes to the seven Lincolnshire MP's and Glyn Davies MP, asking for comments on the IMF report on global fossil fuel subsidies of $5.3tn for 2015...
SEA makes a submission in support of the 25MW Carlton On Trent Solar Farm...
SEA writes to Glyn Davies MP...
SEA lobby's David Cameron PM, Victoria Atkins MP, Nick Boles MP, John Hayes MP, Sir Edward Leigh MP, Karl McCartney MP, Steven Phillips MP, and Matt Warman MP...
SEA lobby's Greg Clark MP, the new Secretary for Communities and Local Government...
SEA lobby's Elizabeth Truss MP,  the new Minister for the Environment... 
SEA lobby's Amber Rudd MP, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change...
 CO2 levels reach monthly record...
SEA lobby's prospective Parliamentary candidates...
Jonathan meets with a Korean delegation who are looking at building a 3GW offshore wind farm of the south coast of Korean...
New research shows how onshore wind can deliver cheapest electricity of all power sources by 2020...
Wind leads the way as renewable electricity supply leaps to 22%...
New Government poll shows increase in support for onshore wind energy...
Record breaking January for wind power...
More than a quarter of UK homes powered by wind in 2014...
Official figures show outstanding October for wind energy...
Wind power steps up when nuclear and gas go offline...
SEA gives interview on Radio Lincolnshire...
Hawton wind farm approved by Secretary of State...

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                                SEA is a proactive, pro wind power / renewables/ climate campaign group that was founded in May 2005 by environmental activists based in north Wales. The group was set up primarily to support the Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm, to be sited 9 miles off the north Wales coast.. The campaign group was also active in supporting the 5 turbine Lindhurst wind farm south of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and a number of other projects..
              In addition to campaigning directly in support of these wind farm projects, SEA has also taken the pro wind message to the House of Commons, Cardiff, the annual climate demos in London and Bangor, the summits of the three highest peaks in the UK, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike, where three teams of SEA activists unfurled banners at the same time, as part of UK media campaign in 2009, the activity coincided with the European wind week, organised a pro wind skill share at The Centre for Alternative Technology ( CAT),  took part in STOP the Heathrow day of action and a number of wind farm inaugurations.
            The Lindhurst wind farm was given consent by the Newark and  Sherwood planning Authority in September 2007 and the Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm was consented in Dec 2008 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change ( DECC) Lindhurst was constructed in the Summer of 2010 and fully operational in October. Offshore work for Gwynt-Y-Mor  commenced in 2011.

            As part of the four year campaign in support of Gwynt-Y-Mor, SEA. with the help of FOE Cymru collected 5000 letters of support from local people and visitors to the area of north Wales, we lobbied politicians and media at a local and national level,  lobbied the Department for Energy and Climate Change, The Welsh Assembly Government, Conwy Council, Welsh MEP's, and took the campaign to Cardiff, The House of Commons and the summit of Snowdon. We also had a strong presence at planning and open meetings. SEA also made a formal complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority ( ASA) concerning a number of claims in material printed by Save Our Scenery, the group who campaigned against the wind farm. All six of the complaints were subsequently upheld by the Adjudicating Officer of the ASA. and the group were told not to use the materials again.

            As part of our campaign to support the Lindhurst wind farm, we collected 3000 support letters,lobbied local politicians and media, the local planning authority, planning officer, Mansfield District Council and attended the planning meeting itself.

          Further information about the groups campaigning and achievements will be added to the site in the very near future.....Please also see the news and archive news page
 
SEA has actively campaigned in support of the following projects....
 

Gwynt-Y-Mor offshore wind farm - North Wales www.npower-renewables.com/gwyntymor

Planning status - Consented

Lindhurst wind farm - near Mansfield Notts www.npower-renewables.com/lindhurst

Planning status - Consented

Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm North Wales www.npower-renewables.com/rhylflats

Planning status -Consented

 


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