Zero-carbon power sources supplied more of Britain’s electricity than fossil fuels annually in 2019 for the first time, according to analysis by National Grid. Wind, solar, hydro-electric and nuclear power accounted for 48.5 per cent of supplies last year, the company that has to keep the lights on said. That outstripped the 43 per cent of electricity provided from burning gas or coal, in what John Pettigrew, chief executive, called an “historic moment”. The remainder of Britain’s electricity came from burning biomass and waste. This is not zero-carbon, though it is generally considered to be better for the environment than the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels. Britain’s electricity mix has changed dramatically over the past decade as successive governments have pursued policies designed to reduce emissions and help tackle climate change. These have included subsidising wind and solar farms and taxing carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants.
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The UK reached a clean energy milestone in 2019, generating more of its energy from zero carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the industrial revolution. Figures from National Grid, which is responsible for balancing supply and demand in Britain’s electricity network, showed that almost half of the country’s energy came from non-polluting sources over the year. Wind, solar, nuclear and hydro energy accounted for 48.5 per cent of the UK’s power generation, while fossil fuels made up 43 per cent. The remaining 8.5 per cent of electricity generated last year came from biomass and waste.
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