The UK’s energy industry has chalked off another green record, with renewables capacity overtaking fossil fuel capacity for the first time. The latest report from Drax Electric Insights today reveals UK renewables capacity available to the grid now stands at 42GW, while fossil fuel capacity has fallen to 40.6GW continuing a trend that has seen a third of fossil fuel generating capacity retired over the past five years. The report, which was produced by researchers from Imperial College London on behalf of Drax, shows that wind energy continues to dominate the renewables sector providing 20GW of capacity. Solar provides a further 13GW, while biomass comes in third place with 3.2GW. The milestone refers to capacity rather than generation. However, the increase in capacity has led to a series of clean energy generation records in recent months and years, most notably with renewables and nuclear combined topping 50 per cent of the UK’s power mix for the first time. The positive trends for renewables are set to continue with the UK government planning to retire its last coal fired power plants by 2025 and a fleet of new offshore wind projects in the pipeline.
Business Green 6th Nov 2018 read more »
Britain is undergoing an “incredible” energy shift which will see more of its electricity coming from renewable sources than fossil fuels in just three years, according to a leading scientist. A report from researchers at Imperial College has already revealed a major green milestone has already been reached with total capacity from renewables overtaking fossil fuels in September this year for the first time. But the report’s author Dr Iain Staffell believes not only will renewable capacity but also renewable production exceed that from fossil fuels in the near future. He said: “We are probably three years away from having more electricity produced by renewable source s than fossil fuels over the course of a year. It’s absolutely incredible given where we were at the start of the decade. The thing that makes the UK special is how rapidly it has changed. The UK power system is changing more than any other country in the world.” A rapid expansion in the number of wind farms on and off-shore, an increased use of solar panels (there are almost a million rooftop solar power systems in operation across Britain) and the cost of producing CO2 emissions for fossil fuel plants has driven this change. The biggest share of Britain’s electricity generating infrastructure is now in renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro power with a maximum capacity of 42GW.
The iNews 6th Nov 2018 read more »
The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In the past five years, the amount of renewable capacity has tripled while fossil fuels’ has fallen by one-third, as power stations reached the end of their life or became uneconomic. The result is that between July and September, the capacity of wind, solar, biomass and hydropower reached 41.9 gigawatts, exceeding the 41.2GW capacity of coal, gas and oil-fired power plants. Imperial College London, which compiled the figures, said the rate at which renewables had been built i n the past few years was greater than the “dash for gas” in the 1990s. Dr Iain Staffell, who undertook the research, said: “Britain’s power system is slowly but surely walking away from fossil fuels, and this quarter saw a major milestone on the journey.” However, the amount of power from fossil fuels was still greater over the quarter, at about 40% of electricity generation compared with 28% for renewable sources. In total, 57% of electricity generation was low carbon over the period, produced either by renewables or nuclear power stations. In terms of installed capacity, wind is the biggest source of renewables at more than 20GW, followed by solar spread across nearly 1m rooftops and in fields. Biomass is third.
Guardian 6th Nov 2018 read more »
The UK has fallen in a ranking of the world’s most attractive renewable energy markets for investors, with apprehensions around Brexit cited as a major reason for a year-on-year drop in investment.
Edie 7th Nov 2018 read more »