Renewable energy sets new record by producing nearly a third of UK electricity

This beats the previous record of 26.9% set in the first three months of 2017


Nearly a third of Britain’s electricity (29.8%) came from renewable energy sources in the second three months of this year, the UK government has revealed.

This beats the previous record of 26.9% set in the first three months of 2017, the Independent reports.



The government said that the record reflects “both increased wind capacity and wind speeds, as well as lower overall electricity generation”.

The statement continued:

“Onshore wind generation increased by 50% [from the second quarter of 2016], the highest increase across the technologies, … while offshore wind rose by 22%”.

Emma Pinchbeck, director of industry body RenewableUK, commented:

“Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new power plant, so it plays an absolutely crucial role in keeping consumer bills down. When the Government holds the next set of competitive auctions for contracts to generate electricity, low-cost onshore wind deserves the chance to compete.”

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