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DECC releases 2013 wind energy report

Amount of electricity produced by wind grew 38% from 2012 to 2013.

The initial conclusions provided by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change suggest that traditional fossil fuel production is falling, in part due to falls in UK output of oil and gas. The report from DECC states that for the first time in 2013 net imports of gas exceeded UK production.

“It’s great to see the way wind power has grown in just one year," said Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK. "Each unit of wind power production means that we’re having to import less foreign fuel – especially gas. There has been a steady decline of UK production of traditional energy sources, so we need to make sure there is something replacing that – and wind is increasingly playing that role." 

Developing wind resources doesn’t just provide security of energy supply, according to McCaffery; it also tackles climate change and creates jobs in some of the areas which need them most. "It’s crucial that we continue to develop our ability to harness our abundant natural resources to generate clean power," she added.

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