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protester groups have tried to discour- age its use across the country. Despite this, onshore wind development is still recognised by Government as important if the UK is to meet the legal target of 15% of its energy coming from renew- able sources by 2020.


The research, conducted by financial advisory firm Mazars, found that as of the end of October, at least 13 debt- financed transactions above £15m had already closed this year, with a total value in excess of £500m.


Wind power: 4% of UK energy generation


According to new research, growth in the sector is also set to rise further, with nearly 2 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind projects currently under construction, 4GW projects with planning consent at pre-construction stage and a further 7GW in the planning system. Controversy over wind power has been consistent throughout the year, as cer- tain members of the Government and


“That already makes 2012 the best year for onshore wind debt financing in the UK, both in terms of number and value of deals that have closed, since the finan- cial crisis began” said Mazars. Further success was reported in November, when wind energy broke its own record for generation three times, most recently hitting over 4.5GW and accounting for 11.45% of total electric- ity demand in the UK, according to offi- cial figures from National Grid. Chief executive for RenewableUK, Maria McCaffery, said, “What we have seen this month has confirmed that wind power is becoming an ever more crucial part of our energy mix and that it is cre-


ating tangible economic benefits in com- munities throughout the country, even in the middle of challenging economic times.


“The UK really needs these benefits, but to protect that growth we need to make sure the policy agenda is right – for large wind via the Energy Bill and, for small and medium wind, by ensur- ing that the feed-in tariff isn’t restricted through onerous degression thresholds.” Looking to contribute to a more resource


Manufacturing


Ceramic industry goes green


efficient future, the European ceramic industry has put together proposals to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption.


The industry launched its roadmap, ‘Paving the Way to 2050’, in November, which looks at its contribution to the European debate on a smarter, more competitive and resource-efficient future


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