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UK summer doldrums lower renewable power output

The UK's wind energy capacity has increased by 10 percent since last year, but the proportion of energy supplied by the turbines declined 12.9 percent in 2017 to 10.4 percent over the summer of 2018, show figures from the UK's National Grid.

This summer's sustained European heat wave reduced the UK's renewable power output by 2.5 percent and increased CO2 emissions, prompting energy specialists to advise diversifying the country's energy mix, The Guardian reports.

This summer has been a success for gardens and owners of solar panels yet a lackluster period for wind farms. Wind turbines usually generate four times as much power as solar energy annually, but due to this year's drought, wind turbines blades were at times calmed for days.

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