Renewables made up a 43.1% share of UK power generation in 2020, generating more electricity than fossil fuels in the year. This is the first time renewables have beat fossil fuels since the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) began publishing its Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES). Renewables’ share of the generation mix rose by 6.2 percentage points compared to 2019, with all renewable technologies – which includes bioenergy – seeing increases in generation shares in 2020. The largest of these was wind, which provided 24% of total power.
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UK energy in brief 2021. Summary of some of the key developments in the UK energy system: how energy is produced and used and the way in which energy use influences greenhouse gas emissions.
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