Renewable energy made up nearly half of Britain’s electricity generation in the first three months of the year according to the government’s official data. They discovered that renewable energy made up 47% of the UK’s electricity generation in the first quarter of 2020, smashing the previous quarterly record of 39% set last year.
The government’s renewable energy statistics comprises electricity from the UK’s windfarms, solar panels and hydro power plants as well as bioenergy generated by burning wood chips instead of coal.
The sizeable increase in the UK’s total renewable energy output was primarily driven by a growth in electricity generated by solar panels and windfarms which climbed by more than a third over the last year, according to the government’s energy specialists.
Rebecca Williams, of Renewable UK, said the renewable energy industries records were certain to be broken again in the years ahead as the government worked on “a massive expansion of renewables as part of the UK’s green economic recovery”.
Last week, Britain set a new coal-free record of more than two months for the first time since coal-fired power generation originated during the Industrial Revolution.
Williams added that the government’s record quarterly data presented the clean energy transition “written very large indeed” because the records had been set at the coldest time of year “when we need it most”.
The rise of renewable energy combined with a stable supply of nuclear power, which made up about 15% of the UK generation mix, drove fossil fuel power plants to a new record low in the first quarter.
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