Last year was Britain’s greenest yet, with renewables generating more power than fossil fuels for the first time according to a new report from Drax Electric Insights. Solar and wind generated 30% of the country’s energy demand in 2020, increasing by a sixth on 2019, to supply over 100TWh of electricity. This puts it at about half the level required by 2025 according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), showing strong progress. This follows a number of record breaking achievements for renewables, including wind output hitting an instantaneous peak of over 17.4 GW according to the report, wind delivering a quarter of Britain’s electricity across the year and the first ever coal free Christmas, with strong renewables keeping the fossil-fuel off the grid on Christmas for the first time since the electricity age began in the 1880s.
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Solar and wind generated 30% of Britain’s electricity in 2020 according to Drax’s latest Electric Insights report. This was an increase of a sixth on 2019, with solar and wind suppling over 100TWh of electricity. Last year was a bumper year for solar generation, breaking a number of records including peak generation hitting a high in April of 9.68GW. Similarly, wind had much to celebrate in 2020, including output hitting an instantaneous peak of over 17.4 GW according to Drax’s report. Collectively renewables generated more than fossil fuels for the first time last year, with Dr Iain Staffell of Imperial College London, lead author of the quarterly Electric Insights report 2020, hailing it as a step “closer to the power system of the future”.
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