27 de dez de 2012

UK to achieve its 2020 green energy targets

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has revealed that the UK is on track to achieve its 15% of the energy from renewable sources by 2020. This year, low carbon electricity generation increased by more than a quarter due to solar and wind new projects.

Britain has to produce 15 percent of its power as well as electricity, heat and transport, from renewable sources by 2020, in a move that has the objective to cut climate-warming emissions.

The amount of electricity produced from renewable energy sources increased by 27% in 2012, with more than 10% being produced by hydro-electricity schemes, wind farms and other renewable projects.

By the end of the decade, 30 % of the UK's electricity must come from renewables, the government said, with wind playing an important role, as the offshore wind power capacity grew by 60 % to 2.5 GW, while onshore wind grew by 24% to 5.3 GW. Solar PV increased to 1.4GW in capacity, a rise of about 5.5 times. 

Britain’s government intends to replace the old fossil fuel power plants with other less polluting solutions, and in November it has tripled the subventions and supports for low -carbon power generation.

Subsidies which was offered by the Government was an important step to increase investments in renewable energy projects, more energy projects means more new jobs created, the Department predicted that it is likely that industry will support about 400,000 new jobs by 2020, in comparison to 110,000 at this time.


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