Low-carbon power generated more than half of all electricity in the UK for the first time this summer in a major milestone as Britain seeks to become greener, new figures show. The share of energy generated from wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear sources grew to 51pc of total output between June and August, while fossil fuels fell to 48.5pc. Fossil fuel use hit a record low in the UK over the three-month period, as the country attempts to switch to cleaner energy and rid itself of a reliance on oil, gas and coal by 2050. Renewable generation was 39pc higher over the three months compared to the same period a year earlier, bolstered by strong growth from wind and hydroelectric power. Wind power alone soared by 66pc, the statistics from the Business Department revealed. Coal was the biggest loser, falling by 23pc, while gas was down 5.2pc. Of all the electricity produced by major power firms, gas still provided the lion’s share at 47.3pc, with renewables growing to 31.7pc, nuclear at 19.3pc, and coal falling to just 1pc. Overall, Britain’s total energy demand was 1.9pc lower in the period.
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