Renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels for the first year ever, according to a report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
A record 43.1 per cent of the country’s electricity came from renewable sources, up from 36.9 per cent the previous year. This was mainly due to wind generation which was increased by 18 per cent, providing 75.7 terawatt-hours. Offshore wind generated 29 per cent more electricity than in the year before.
“This shows that the country is playing a leading role in the global energy transition, with renewables becoming the dominant source of new power generation, outstripping fossil fuels for the first time, and setting new record highs across the board,” Dan McGrail, CEO of RenewableUK, said. “It’s another significant step on the road to net-zero emissions, but we need to move even faster and decarbonise the power sector by 2035.”