Renewable energy sources account for more than half of all UK energy
THE NATIONAL GRID has reported that for the first time ever, the amount of energy produced by renewable sources in the UK over one day was higher than that of coal and gas.
On 7th June, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood-pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy. The National Grid threw in nuclear power too, which took the share to over 70%.
The National Grid also revealed that solar panels generated 7.6GW of electricity, while wind farms generated 9.5GW of power on the day in question. Emma Pinchbeck from energy trade body RenewableUK said that this is good news for a UK with a renewable energy agenda. “National Grid is confirming that low-carbon sources are generating 70% of our electricity, with wind power the star among these sources. “The incoming government should be proud of what the wind sector has achieved in the UK, and work with the industry to ensure that these record-breaking days for wind energy generation become our new norm,” Pinchbeck said.