Renewable Energy to Produce Nearly Third of Electricity Generated in the U.K.

Renewable Energy

Boost in low-carbon electricity from recent investment in wind farms and solar energy to transform the conventional methods of electricity generation in the U.K.

According to new government statistics, electricity generation from renewable energy has increased in past year. The third quarter of 2017 accounted for the share of electricity generated from renewable sources increase by nearly 5% from 2016 reaching 30%. The latest record is “yet another nail in the coffin for the claim that renewables cannot be a sizeable part of the UK’s electricity mix”, according to Dr Jonathan Marshall, energy analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit.

According to the Government’s latest Energy Trends Report, low-carbon electricity’s share of generation increased to the highest ever point of 54.4% particularly due to upsurge in wind energy. Besides sources such as wind and solar, low-carbon electricity also includes nuclear power. According to Dr Marshall, this vindicates those who have had confidence in the ability of renewable energy to reliably supply the UK with power. The electricity sector made up 17.5% of the UK’s overall fuel consumption in 2016 and is one of the three major energy system components along with heating and transport. Though it is makes up a smaller fraction of overall consumption the electricity sector has been the main target of renewable efforts.

According to Renewable Chemicals Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, due to lower carbon constituent and environment-friendly characteristics, renewable chemicals have emerged as potential substitutes for petroleum-based chemicals. Renewable electricity can then be used to revolutionize the other sectors through the electrification of transport. Recent restrictions in the construction of onshore wind farms have forced the industry to build offshore. Such farms tend to be more expensive to construct, but can be bigger and work more efficiently.

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