Renewables outshine coal for first time in UK

Renewable energy has surpassed coal in supplying electricity to the UK for the first time. New government figures show it contributed 25.3% of the nation’s electricity in the second quarter […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Renewable energy has surpassed coal in supplying electricity to the UK for the first time.

New government figures show it contributed 25.3% of the nation’s electricity in the second quarter this year.

That’s in comparison to 16.4% during the same period last year.

The rise was a result of increased renewable capacity and “more favourable weather conditions”, according to DECC.

Total demand for coal between April and June stood at 8.5 million tonnes – 22% lower compared to the same period last year.

It provided 20.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year – down from 28.2% in 2014.

2015 ELECTRICTY PIE CHART

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery, who announced she will be stepping down from her role said: Renewables have now become Britain’s second largest source of electricity, generating more than a quarter of our needs. The new statistics show that Britain is relying increasingly on dependable renewable sources to keep the country powered up, with onshore and offshore wind playing the leading roles in our clean energy mix.

Gas provided the highest amount of electricity at 30.2% while nuclear production stood at 21.5%.

Yesterday former Energy Secretary Ed Davey slammed Chancellor George Osborne’s green cuts as “economic idiocy”.

Ms McCaffery will be speaking at the Energy Live 2015 conference in London on 5th November. You can get your tickets here.