More renewable than fossil energy in the UK

Posted on 7 Nov 2019

If the predictions are correct, 2019 will be the first year in UK history that more electricity was produced from renewable and nuclear sources than from fossil sources. In the third quarter, the share of renewable sources reached 40 percent.

Get rid of coal-fired power stations

Ten years ago, 90 percent of Britain's electricity came from gas and coal power plants. Coal-fired power plants have been banned in the UK since 2025, and the UK government has been investing heavily in wind farms, solar panels and renewable biomass plants in recent years. The offshore wind farms in particular generate a lot of megawatts of renewable energy. For example, the Hornsea One offshore wind farm generated a peak of 1,200 megawatts in October and the Beatrice park more than 900 megawatts.

2030: a third of the energy from offshore wind farms

Those offshore wind farms caused a historic turnaround in the third quarter, as 40 percent of the electricity produced came from renewable energy sources. Nuclear energy, on the other hand, accounted for a fifth of the electricity produced. Gas power plants provided 38 percent of the electricity. According to experts, more electricity will be produced in 2019 from renewable and nuclear sources than from gas and coal. In the meantime, the costs of investing in offshore wind farms are falling further and the intention is to use additional parks to generate a third of the required electricity in the United Kingdom by 2030.

Read more: Susanova


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