The United Kingdom (UK) set a new record for land-based and offshore wind power generation in 2017. This continued upward momentum was due to increased capacity and higher wind speeds in the last quarter, compared to the low wind speeds recorded the previous year.
Land-based wind installations hit record highs, as developers rushed to secure subsidies before the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) deadline. Offshore wind costs continued their downward trend following the results of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 2 in April 2017.
The Clean Growth Strategy was released in autumn 2017, making 557 million GBP (627 million EUR; 752 million USD) available for less established technologies in the next CfD auction round. However, it was later confirmed that there will be no new subsidies for renewable energy deployments until the new scheme set to replace the Levy Control Framework (LCF) is implemented in 2025.
To learn more about wind energy in the UK, please review their chapter in the IEA Wind TCP 2017 Annual Report.