UK set new green energy record on Christmas Day

A new record for renewable energy use was set on Christmas Day 2016 in the UK. According to power group Drax, more than 40% – or 12.4GW – of electricity […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new record for renewable energy use was set on Christmas Day 2016 in the UK.

According to power group Drax, more than 40% – or 12.4GW – of electricity generated on the festive day came from green sources, the highest ever.

Wind contributed the most, generating on average 9.4GW – equivalent to 31% of all power supplied on Christmas Day.

Last year, 25% of power came from renewables and 12% in 2012.

Biomass generation also increased, providing 2GW last year compared to the 0.5GW averaged on December 25th, 2012.

Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power said: “These Christmas figures show that the UK energy system really is changing. Renewables are increasingly vital to the UK’s energy mix as we decarbonise and move away from coal.

“It’s important to have the right mix of energy generation to ensure we are decarbonising whilst also keeping the lights on and the costs down.”

Drax is Britain’s largest coal power producer but is in the process of converting its facility to using biomass.

Last month Drax said it planned to buy business energy provider Opus Energy.