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Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for the
United Kingdom

With its extensive natural resource the United Kingdom (UK) is a world leader in offshore wind development, large-scale land-based sites have by now mostly been completed. Wind makes up on average around 5–6% of total electricity demand.

The UK has approximately 40% of Europe's entire wind resource and has significant potential for both land-based and offshore wind. The UK government has, in recent years, put in place a range of measures to enable the deployment of that potential resource and is committed to ensuring the further growth of wind generation in the UK. In 2009, the UK signed up to an EU target of 20% of primary energy (electricity, heat, and transport) to be generated from renewable sources by 2020. The UK contribution to that target is 15% by 2020, with wind energy playing an important role to achieving this target.

The offshore wind industry has enjoyed a record deployment year in 2013. Offshore wind capacity grew 79% in 12 months and the combined amount of land-based and offshore wind increased by over 40%. New offshore projects are getting bigger, while land-based projects are becoming smaller. For the first time, more wind capacity was installed offshore than on land in a 12-month period.

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