Roger Harrabin, the BBC’s environment analyst has said that renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in the UK for the first time.
National Grid reported earlier this week that electricity generated from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy at midday on Wednesday. Add in nuclear, and by 2pm low carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the UK. These are records to be proud of and are testament to the persistence and determination of the UK’s renewable energy industry
The National Grid, the body that owns and manages the power supply around the UK, said in a tweet: “For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”
Roger commented, “on Tuesday, a tenth of the UK’s power was coming from offshore wind farms – a newcomer on the energy scene where capital costs have plummeted far faster than expected. So much power was being generated by wind turbines, in fact, that spot prices fell to a tenth of their normal level.”
Roger went on to say, “environmentalists will salute this new record as a milestone towards the low carbon economy. At the time of Wednesday’s record, 1% of demand was met by storage; this will have to increase hugely as the UK moves towards a low-carbon electricity system.”
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