UK wind farms hit a new annual electricity generation record in 2022, according to statistics from the UK Government.
The figures, published by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, reveal that wind generated 24.6%of the country’s electricity last year (80.2TWh), up from 21% (64.7TWh) in 2021 and an all-time annual high.
Offshore wind provided a record 13.8% (45TWh), up from 11.5% (35.5TWh) in 2021. Onshore wind also generated a record annual amount of electricity (35.1TWh), providing 10.8% of the UK’s power.
The growth in offshore wind generation was driven by the addition of 3193MW of new turbines in British waters last year, while just 318MW of new onshore wind was added, mainly due to planning barriers.