Analysis cites benefits of UK wind resource

The UK has the best and most reliable wind resource in Europe, according to latest analysis.

A report by the University of Oxford's environmental change institute finds that the recorded capacity factor for onshore wind energy in the UK is 27 per cent, bigger than Germany's 15 per cent and Denmark's 20 per cent.

It adds that the availability of wind power in the UK is greater at precisely the times when we require it - during peak daytime periods and in the winter - and says that the resource is largely dependable.

"The only sensible debate about energy is one based on fact," said energy minister Malcolm Wicks. "This is a nail in the coffin of some of the myths peddled by wind power opponents."

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