Renewable Energy Outperforms Fossil Fuels for a Whole Quarter
Wind, solar and other sources of renewable power have produced more electricity than fossil fuels for the first time in a whole quarter across the UK.
Whilst renewable power has exceeded fossil fuels in a single month (September 2018), this has not yet been achieved across a whole quarter!
This goes to show how rapidly the UK’s electricity supply is being switched to greener alternatives.
Facts & Figures:
According to analysis of electricity industry data by the website, Carbon Brief - During Q3 2019, a total of 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of power was generated from renewable sources, compared to 29.1TWh from gas, coal and oil.
This is the first quarter where renewable power has outperformed fossil fuels since 1882, when the UK’s first public electricity generating station opened.
In 2010, Fossil fuels generated 10 times as much power as renewable sources. Since then, renewable electricity has more than quadrupled and power demand has fallen.
In May, the UK spent 2 weeks without using any electricity from coal-fired power stations. This is the longest spell without burning the polluting fuel for electricity since the Victorian era.
In 2013, coal was Britain’s single biggest electricity source. It accounted for 35% of supply, but this fell to 5% last year.
The UK has only has 6 coal-fired power plants left. The government has pledged to shut these by 2025, unless they have a technology which can harness their carbon emissions.
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