Renewables generate over half of UK electricity this summer

The electricity powering the UK’s homes and businesses this summer was the ‘greenest’ ever, according to National Grid.

Its analysis of power generation showed that a combination of solar, wind and nuclear – and an absence of coal – pushed carbon emissions to their lowest level yet over the season.

On average, almost 52% of electricity generation was met by low-carbon sources between June 21 and September 22, up from around 35% four years ago.

A spokesman for WWF commented: “This is a great leap forward in the transformation of our energy system from fossil fuels to renewable energy. As we begin to feel the winter chill roll in, it is warming to know that the renewables industry is getting big projects built and slashing its costs.

“But now it’s time for the UK Government to step up and deliver a strong and ambitious clean growth plan, continuing to support renewables, cleaning up our transport and making our homes more energy efficient”.

27 Sept 2017

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