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Over 8 GW of UK renewable energy capacity currently in construction: BEIS


Offshore wind dominates in-construction database

600 MW onshore wind, 316 MW battery storage

Tees biomass enters fourth construction year

London — There are 8.055 GW of renewable energy projects in construction in the UK, according to data published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Oct. 23.

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BEIS' Renewable Energy Planning Database is managed by Eunomia Research and Consulting on behalf of the department. The database tracks the progress of renewable electricity projects (including some combined heat and power applications) and electricity storage projects from inception, through planning, construction, operation and decommissioning.

Of the 8 GW in construction, 6.117 GW related to offshore wind capacity, including the biggest addition of this technology globally at Dogger Bank A & B (2.4 GW), as well mega-projects at Hornsea 2 (1.4 GW), Triton Knoll (857 MW), Moray East (900 MW) and Neart na Gaoithe (450 MW).

Onshore wind was the next largest contributor at a total 601 MW, the largest projects being built at Clocaenog Forest (RWE Innogy, 96 MW), Kype Muir (Banks, 75 MW) and Beinn an Tuirc (Scottish Power, 50 MW).

Battery storage, meanwhile, accounted for 316 MW of the total, spread across 10 projects. The largest batteries are being built in Northern Ireland (two 50 MW facilities being built by Low Carbon Storage Ireland), followed by two 49.9 MW Pivot Power projects at Cowley in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent.

Some 25 solar PV projects accounted for a further 299 MW, with the largest projects being developed by Gwent Farmers in Llanwern (49.9 MW), Ethical Power at Branston (40 MW), BayWa at Staughton (40 MW) and Lightsource at Goosehall (39.5 MW).

Of other technologies, Macquarie's Tees Renewable Energy Plant (dedicated biomass, 299 MW) was now into a fourth year of construction, work having begun in August, 2016.

At the end of the second quarter, the UK's renewable electricity capacity totaled 48.5 GW, up 5.4% year on year.