Renewables could meet 90% of UK’s electricity by 2030

Renewable energy sources can meet 60% or more of the UK’s electricity demand, according to WWF. The wildlife charity says that it could even meet 90% of our electricity needs […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Renewable energy sources can meet 60% or more of the UK’s electricity demand, according to WWF. The wildlife charity says that it could even meet 90% of our electricity needs by 2030.

Their Positive Energy report looked at six scenarios for the type of energy we will need to use. It suggests that by sticking with renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, the UK can almost totally decarbonise its power sector. The report says that this will be possible without resorting to new nuclear power.

David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK, said: “This report is inspiring, but also entirely realistic. It shows that a clean, renewable energy future really is within our grasp. If we seize this opportunity, it will lay the foundations for a clean industrial revolution in the UK.”

WWF wants the Government to set itself stricter targets on renewables to provide no less than 60% of our energy generation. It says this will provide more certainty for investors.

The Government’s existing targets, endorsed by the Committee on Climate Change, suggest that by 2020 about 30% or more of our electricity could come from renewable sources.

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