Placing the UK's green energy

Wind turbine

Under both EU directives and national laws, the UK has taken on ambitious renewable targets. Following the European Commission Directive on Renewable Energy, which came into force on June 25, 2009, the country has targeted 15% of total energy consumption to be sourced from renewables by 2020. This objective represents an almost seven-fold increase from current levels – the most challenging increase of any EU nation (and a target already derided by many as an impossibility).

The UK’s electricity