UK sources main power from renewables

For the first time since the industrial revolution, fossil fuels – mainly coal – are displaced as the UK's main source of energy, thus giving way to a mix of wind, solar and biomass.

Photo: Joachim Adrian

The world's first industrial nation has passed a milestone and now sources most of its electricity from renewables, reports media Carbon Brief in an analysis based on third quarter power generation data from the UK.

From July to September, wind, solar and biomass generated a total of 29.5 TWh against 29.1 TWh from fossil fuels – corresponding to 40 and 39 percent of total output, respectively. Nuclear accounted for 19 percent.

Of these renewables, wind contributed 20 percent, biomass 12 percent and 6 percent from solar. Natural gas accounted for 38 percent of fossil fuel generation, according to Carbon Brief's figures.

The media points out that large additions like the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scottish waters and not least Hornsea One with its 1.2GW capacity, has pushed the UK over the threshold.

As a footnote, it should be added that Carbon Brief points out that its figures have a 3-percent margin of error and that its prognoses also indicate that fossil sources will undoubtedly regain the lead during the fourth quarter.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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