The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcome recent energy figures that show renewable energy is providing the large majority of our energy needs, just as an international study shows that 72% of new energy infrastructure built in 2019 was in the renewable sector. As the UK and Ireland comes out of the Covid-91 outbreak and lockdown, NFLA calls for a ‘green energy and jobs’ stimulus that develops these positive outcomes even further. This Sunday morning, wind energy provided 38.1% of UK’s electricity generation, with solar energy adding a further 23.4% of renewable energy. In comparison nuclear power provided 15.7% and fossil fuels just 15.1%. This is as energy demand has decreased by 10% due to the covid-19 outbreak. As a result of these changes, for the first time thousands of householders will be paid to use electricity. For example, households which use one of the Octopus Energy tariffs were contacted by the company to say they would be paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity they use during the sunniest hours of Sunday afternoon. In Ireland, it has just been reported that the Irish wind sector recorded a record year in 2019 after developers added 463 MW of new capacity to provided a third of the country’s electricity demand. The Irish Wind Energy Association’s commented that the 32.5% share of the Irish power mix is the second-best in Europe. Some 24 new wind farms were completed bringing the country’s total wind capacity to 4.1GW. NFLA commented last week about welcome developments as well in Irish solar energy.
NFLA 6th April 2020 read more »
Renewable electricity capacity growth slowed just a touch in 2019, yet still made up almost three quarters of all new power capacty that came into operation worldwide last year, according to the latest data released today by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA). The global renewable power sector added 176GW of new capacity in total last year – just fractionally down on the 179GW added in 2018 – as rapid growth in wind, solar, hydropower and other renewable power sources outpaced the fossil fuel sector by a factor of 2.6, according to IRENA.
Business Green 6th April 2020 read more »
Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world’s power, marking another record.
Guardian 6th April 2020 read more »