As school children across the UK braved blustery weather to protest against the government’s failure to deliver bolder action on climate change, there was good news from the UK’s green economy to highlight that encouraging progress is being made in some quarters at least. Trade body RenewableUK this afternoon reported that on and offshore wind farms delivered more than a third of the country’s power over the past week. Citing data from analyst firm Aurora Energy Research the group said that from last Friday through to yesterday wind provided 35.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity. The performance meant wind was the single largest source of power, beating gas on 31.2 per cent, nuclear at 21.3 per cent, 6.7 per cent from biomass, 2.6 from coal, 1.8 per cent from hydro, and 0.8 per cent from other sources. Offshore wind alone generated 21.4 per cent of UK electricity last week, beating nuclear in the rankings.
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