Renewables overtook fossil fuels as the main source of electricity in the UK for the first time in 2020, according to new analysis. A record 42 per cent of electricity was generated by renewables in 2020, compared to 41 per cent by fossil fuels, driven by a rise in wind power and a drop in demand because of Covid-19. Wind made up 24 per cent of the electricity mix, a 20 per cent increase compared to 2019 and a doubling of its share since 2015. Gas generation was at a record 5-year low of 37 per cent, analysis from think tanks Ember and Agora Energiewende showed. In 2019, renewables generated 37 per cent of the UK’s electricity compared to 45 per cent for fossil fuels.
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