BWEA: Wind power to surpass installed nuclear by 2013
The UK's wind energy generating capacity will surpass installed nuclear within the next five years, according to the British Wind Energy Association.
BWEA chief executive Maria McCaffery on Wednesday said wind energy was no longer "a minority pursuit".
BWEA chairman Adam Bruce, also head of sustainability at Scottish & Southern Energy, said more wind and offshore wind energy was necessary to meet EU renewable energy targets by 2020.
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks said the UK was poised to become the leading country in the world in terms of the number of wind farms operating offshore.
He said the expansion of offshore wind farms and other renewables would have both economic and environmental benefits for the UK.
"Over recent years, the expansion of wind energy has been a real success story for the UK," he said.
"We will shortly become the leading country in the world in terms of the number of wind farms operating offshore," he continued.
The news comes as the Crown Estate detailed new opportunities for offshore wind farm developments in the UK.
Analysts said wind power could provide up to 25 gigawatts of power by 2020.
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