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Issue:- Sunday, 10 January 2016

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New records set in best ever year for British wind energy generation

NEW official statistics from National Grid, which show that 2015 was a record year for wind energy generation, with Onshore and Offshore Wind Farms have been highlight by RenewableUK. But last week we reported that the GMB said that:- "National Grid had to invoke special measures to keep the lights on" due to our quest for clean electricity. But RenewableUK, who have supplied their largest ever amounts of clean electricity to Britain's homes, factories and offices are saying it has been a good year for wind energy generation, so who is correct?

According to RenewableUK, 11% of the UK's electricity was generated by wind in 2015, up from 9.5% in 2014. They added that wind provided enough electricity to meet the annual needs of more than 8.25 million homes; more than 30% of UK households; that is up from 6.7 million homes in 2015.

RenewableUK went on to add that in December 2015 saw a fresh monthly record set, with wind supplying 17% of Britain's electricity demand at a time of the year when it's needed most. The previous monthly record of 14% was set in January 2015; another cold period of the year. But oddly GMB had different views.

A new weekly record was also set in December 2016 according to RenewableUK, with wind providing 20% of the UK's needs in the last week of the month; Christmas week; up from 19% in the 2nd week of November 2016.

Wind also broke the quarterly generation record in the 3 month period from October to December 2015, with 13% of the nation's electricity demand met by wind; beating the previous 12% high in the 1st ¼ of 2015.

RenewableUK's Director of Policy Dr Gordon Edge said:- "This is a great way to start the new year (2016); the wind industry can be proud that it has shattered weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual generation records in 2015. This re-writes the record books. We've had a bumper harvest thanks to increased deployment and superb wind speeds. It also demonstrates why the Government should continue to support wind energy, as we're delivering on our commitment to keep Britain powered up. We can continue to increase the proportion of the nation's electricity which we provide as we move away from fossil fuels to clean sources of power."

So is the statement from GMB that:- "your electricity supply has:- 'Gone with the Wind'" or is the trade and professional body for wind, wave and tidal energy industries, RenewableUK correct to celebrate?

Did you know that:-

The National Grid statistics are supplied to RenewableUK by independent data analysts EnAppSys, and take account of all electricity generation, including embedded capacity (ie. wind turbines connected to local networks, as well as those connected to the national transmission network)?

11% of UK electricity generated by wind in 2015, that comprised of 5.8% from Onshore Wind and 5.2% from Offshore Wind? In 2014, 5.5% came from Onshore and 4% from Offshore? Also that overall, 21% of the UK's electricity came from renewable energy sources in 2015?

2015 onshore wind deployment:- 403 megawatts (2014: 1,110MW). (2013: 1,337MW)

2015 offshore wind deployment:- 1,061.5 MW (2014: 389MW) (2013: 981.1MW)

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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