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Wind Power: Standards

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of wind turbines that did not reach their average rated speed in the last 12 months.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department does not hold information on the average load factors for individual wind turbines or wind farms. The average load factor for UK onshore wind turbines in 2009 was 26.9%. The equivalent figure for offshore wind was 33.7%. Figures for the UK in 2010 will be available following the publication of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics in July 2011.

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