Renewable Energy Overtaking Fossil Fuel in UK

By: | October 18th, 2019

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Renewable energies are growing faster than any other source. In year 2010, the use of fossil fuels for generation of energy was 10 times more than renewable energy in UK. But now things have changed as UK renewable energy capacity has surpassed fossil fuels for the first time.

According to the study by climate website Carbon Brief, in the third quarter of this year renewable energy sources generated 29.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) more than the 29.1 TWh generated by fossil fuels.

According to National Grid, in the past decade, coal generation have plunged from 30% to 3%, whereas, wind power has shot up from 1% to 19%.

Wind Power of UK:

UK is one of the best locations for wind power in the world and hence is the strongest source of renewable energy. Wind energy makes up to 20% of the UK’s electricity, followed by renewable biomass plants that make up 12% of energy, while solar panels contributed about 6%.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the minister for energy and clean growth, declared the renewables record is “yet another milestone on our path towards ending our contribution to climate change altogether by 2050.”

He added, “Already, we’ve cut emissions by 40% while growing the economy by two thirds since 1990. Now, with more offshore wind projects on the way at record low prices, we plan to go even further and faster in the years to come,”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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