Wind Power

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what information her Department holds on the number of onshore windfarms (a) in planning and (b) in operation that are wholly or partly community-owned in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department does not hold this data. DECC’s Community Energy Strategy set out that at least 60MW of community-owned renewable electricity capacity was in operation in 2013.[1] It has been estimated that wind projects accounted for approximately 80% of this capacity.[2]

[1] Community Energy Strategy: Full Report (27 January 2014), DECC: and Community Renewable Electricity Generation: Potential Sector Growth to 2020, (27 January 2014), independent modelling for DECC: and The Community Renewable Economy: Starting up and spinning out (September 2013) ResPublica:

[2] Ibid

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