The UK is continuing its low-carbon transition, with fossil fuels contributing their lowest ever level to the overall UK energy mix in 2018. According to official government statistics released yesterday, fossil fuels contributed 79.4 per cent of total energy supply in 2018, a record low. Meanwhile renewables now provide 11 per cent of final energy consumption, as calculated in accordance with EU rules. However, the result still puts the UK well short of meeting its 2020 EU renewable energy target, which demands renewables contribute a 20 per cent share to the energy mix. The UK is due to leave the EU at the end of October, but it has made much of its reputation as a climate leader, and missing the 20 per cent goal will not go unnoticed by EU leaders.
Business Green 26th July 2019 read more »
Low-carbon energy was used to generate more than half of the electricity used in the UK for the first time last year, according to official data. A rapid rise in renewable energy, combined with low-carbon electricity from nuclear reactors, made up almost 53% of generation in 2018, the government’s annual review of energy statistics revealed. Renewable energy sources set a new record by meeting a third of the UK’s power generation last year after the UK’s capacity to generate power from the sun, wind, water and waste grew by 10%. The UK’s use of coal fell by a quarter to a record low of just 5%, according to the report. The government’s annual “energy bible” confirms a string of record green energy records broken in recent years, as the UK undertakes more renewable energy projects and shuts down old, polluting coal plants. National Grid said earlier this year that the UK had recorded its greenest ever winter due to windy weather and dwindling coal-fired power.
Guardian 25th July 2019 read more »
The UK obtained 19% of its primary energy from low-carbon sources last year, with 39% of this from nuclear power, but this was 7% lower than in 2017 due to outages at Dungeness B and Hunterston B towards the end of 2018, official statistics published today show. Nuclear capacity was broadly the same as in 2017, at 9.3 GW.
World Nuclear News 25th July 2019 read more »