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ISSN 2753-7757 (Online)

Safety is key as wind energy activity reaches record levels


6 min read

Row of offshore wind turbines running diagonally across photo and into distance Photo: SSE Renewables
Wind energy operations are reaching record levels worldwide, with focus on safety paramount

Photo: SSE Renewables

Safety is paramount as onshore and offshore wind activity reaches record levels globally. Emma McIvor, Technical Manager at the Energy Institute, reports on the latest safety performance statistics in wind energy operations in the UK and globally as this important renewable energy sector gathers momentum.

As wind energy operations grow worldwide, new operations tend to be in ever more challenging environments where safety is a key issue.


UK wind farms – both onshore and offshore – generated nearly a quarter of the country’s electricity in 2022 (24.6%, 80.2 TWh), up from 21% (64.7 TWh) the previous year and an all-time annual high, according to data released by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) in March 2023.


In 2022, onshore wind generated a record 10.8% of electricity (35.1 TWh), while offshore wind provided a record 13.8% of power (45.0 TWh), up from 11.5% (35.5 TWh) the previous year, according to UK government energy trends.


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