Renewable energy’s share of electricity generation hit a new record high in the first quarter of this year despite increased demand caused by the “Beast from the East” cold snap, according to new government figures. Energy Trends, published yesterday by the BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) department, shows 27.9 TWh of renewable electricity was generated in the first quarter of 2018, a 10.2% increase compared to the same period a year earlier. Total wind generation showed the largest increase, up one third by 12.7 TWh to 50.0 TWh. Wind accounted for nearly a fifth of total UK electricity generation (19.1%), outstripping nuclear power (17.9%). Offshore and onshore contributing 8.5% and 10.6% of the country’s power needs respectively. This increased output meant that renewables’ share of total electricity generation increased to a record quarterly high of 30.1% in the first three months of this year, compared to 27% in the same period for 2017.
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