Corporate report: An overview of the investment secured in low carbon energy since 2010

By HM Government

This third investment report provides an in-depth update on progress made in low carbon energy investment in the United Kingdom since 2010, with a particular focus on main developments in the sector since July 2014 when the first general “Delivering UK Energy Investment” report was published. We also published an in-depth look at investment in energy networks called “Delivering UK Energy Investment: Networks” in January 2015.

This latest publication reports on the success that we have had in low carbon energy sectors though the creation of a framework that has made the UK low carbon energy landscape attractive to investors from UK and abroad. It also highlights future investment opportunities in renewable and nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, as well as renewable and low carbon heat.

Energy projects account for around 60% of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline, and investment worth more than £42 billion has been secured in renewables, CCS and nuclear infrastructure since 2010, with more to come by 2020. Renewable generating capacity has grown by 165% since 2010 and now provides 18% of our electricity needs.

Turnover in the UK’s low carbon economy now is valued at around £122 billion and has been growing at an average rate of over 7% per year since 2010 in nominal terms. It now supports over 460,000 jobs. That is around 1.5% of all UK jobs, and the number employed has been increasing at an average rate of 3.8% per annum. Low carbon jobs are spread across the country, not just focused in the South-East. We estimate that since 2010 nearly £2.7 billion has been invested in renewable electricity in the North East. In Scotland, we estimate £6 billion was invested, with the Scottish renewable electricity sector now supporting 16,000 jobs.’

A summary of energy investment operational projects since 2010 are listed in the spreadsheet.


EIR operational projects since 2010
(MS Excel Spreadsheet, 129KB)

List of renewable projects fully operational since 2010

The list covers projects (1MW and over) that have become fully operational since 2010. The data has been sourced from the Renewable Energy Planning Database (January 2015), covering the period January 2010 to December 2014. This supplements the map of renewable projects (20 MW and over), as featured on p. 42 of the above publication: Delivering UK Energy: Low Carbon Energy, March 2015.

The online version of the report includes a correction in the case study on page 20.

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