A new report has found “huge” variations in the use of renewable energy across England.

Renewables now provide 19% of England’s electricity, but their deployment is spread unevenly throughout the country, according to not-for-profit organisation RegenSW.

The East Riding of Yorkshire uses the most onshore wind thanks to favourable resource and planning, while more than 10% of houses in Peterborough and Mid-Devon have solar installations as a result of social housing programmes, an engaged population, active community energy groups and trusted local installers.

London is bottom of the table with just 3% of its electricity from renewables.

East coast benefits from offshore wind

In a separate report, the Offshore Wind Industry Council highlighted the benefits that the sector could bring to ports along the east coast of Great Britain, from East Anglia to Scotland.

The report highlighted the economic development that offshore wind offered to deprived areas.

“Based on anticipated deployment rate and assuming the prices charged by port owners are competitive, the UK has the capability to meet the turbine staging needs for all known future east coast projects,” it said.

> Download the RegenSW report