Re­new­able en­ergy sources ac­count for more than half of all UK en­ergy

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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.

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