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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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