• Renewable Energy Map of the UK

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The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a new dynamic web facility that keeps track of the UK’s renewable energy projects via an interactive map. The site gives descriptions of all significant projects along with their status – including those approved but not yet built – and generating capacity.

Wind turbine installations dominate, as would be expected, but the facility also pinpoints biofuels projects, large and small scale hydro, wave power, geothermal aquifers, solar heating and photovoltaics.

The UK government has been collecting information on renewable energy projects since 1989, which has created a substantial database containing 17 years of statistical data. Launching the new facility, energy minister Malcolm Wicks said the project would support the government’s plan to achieve a five-fold increase in the UK’s renewable energy capacity, as set out in the recent Energy Review. The interactive renewable energy map is at http://maps.restats.org.uk