Britain had its greenest summer yet this year. More than half of its electricity was produced by low-carbon sources for the first time, according to National Grid. Almost 52 per cent of electricity was generated by either nuclear or renewable forms of power between June 21 and September 22, the astronomical summer. That was up from almost 48 per cent in the same period last year and made for four years of consecutive increases since summer 2013, when low-carbon generation stood at only 35 per cent of the mix. The shift towards a greener power mix primarily reflects the construction of more renewable plants, backed by subsidies funded by consumers’ energy bills. Renewables, comprising wind and solar farms, biomass and hydro-electric plants, accounted for 24 per cent of the mix this summer, up from 9 per cent in summer 2013. National Gr id is today launching a new service that it hopes will persuade consumers to use electricity when it is “greenest” and when solar and wind power is plentiful. It is working with the environmental group WWF on an online tool which it said would “point users to the best times to turn on or turn off home appliances to minimise carbon emissions”. In future, energy companies are expected to introduce tariffs that vary prices for electricity throughout the day so giving people a financial as well as an environmental incentive to match usage to plentiful supply.
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