Nearly a third of all UK electricity came from renewable sources in the second three months of this year, setting a new record for clean energy generation, the Government has revealed. Wind, solar and other forms of low-carbon power were responsible for 29.8 per cent of the total amount of electricity generated in the UK, beating the previous record of 26.9 per cent set in the first three months of 2017. In a statement, the Government said: “Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 29.8 per cent in [the second quarter of] 2017, up 4.4 percentage points on the share in [the second quarter of] 2016, reflecting both increased wind capacity and wind speeds, as well as lower overall electricity generation. “Onshore wind generation increased by 50 per cent, the highest increase across the technologies, … while offshore wind rose by 22 per cent. “Generation from biodegradable waste was up 30 per cent, due to much increased capacity.”
Independent 28th Sept 2017 read more »
Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, official figures from the UK Government suggest. Output in the first half of 2017 was 17 per cent greater than the same period last year. Figures published today by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy revealed renewables delivered the equivalent of 54 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2016 and generated approximately 24 per cent of total UK renewable electricity. Total energy consumption in 2015 was 15.4 per cent lower than in 2005-2007, exceeding the Scottish Government’s 12 per cent energy consumption reduction target for 2020. And 17.8 per cent of total Scottish energy consumption came from renewable sources, which is an increase of 2.6 percentage points from 2014.
Scotsman 28th Sept 2017 read more »