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UK's green power output exceeds fossil generation for first time ever

2019 turned out to be the cleanest year for the UK in terms on electricity generation, shows new report.

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Britain passed something of milestone last year, when the country generated more electricity from greener sources than from fossil fuels throughout the year's 12 months.

According to data from National Grid, wind, solar and nuclear energy, along with imported power, were responsible for the result. These four categories accounted for 48.5 percent of the UK's electricity against 43 percent from fossil sources. Biomass contributed 8.5 percent.

"As we enter a new decade, this truly is a historic moment and an opportunity to reflect on how much has been achieved. At National Grid, we know we have a critical role in the acceleration towards a cleaner future and are committed to playing our part in delivering a safe and secure energy system that works for all," writes National Grid Chief Executive John Pettigrew in a press release.

In December, National Grid released its plans to invest GBP 10 billion in Britain's gas and electrical grids in the coming five years. GBP 1 billion of this sum will is reportedly earmarked for securing the transition to carbon neutrality.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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