Big producers hit record with renewables and nuclear

The share of low carbon electricity generation by major power producers rose 7.2% to a record high of 50% in the second quarter of this year. That’s according to new […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The share of low carbon electricity generation by major power producers rose 7.2% to a record high of 50% in the second quarter of this year.

That’s according to new data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which tracked energy production and consumption over the period – it shows this change was due to increased nuclear and renewable generation.

This is despite electricity generation by large producers being down 3.4% overall, with coal and gas having fallen by two-thirds and nearly a tenth respectively.

Gas provided almost half of all electricity generated by large producers, with nuclear at 26.9%, renewables at 23.1% and coal at 2.4%.

Total national energy production rose by 1.9%.

More than a million domestic smart meters were installed in the UK during the second quarter of 2017.