UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report.

RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said “it’s terrific to see that nearly a third of the UK’s electricity is now being generated by renewables, with wind power leading the way. The UK’s renewable energy sector is an industrial success story, attracting investment, creating new jobs, and powering our economy.”

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK (click image to expand)

“Onshore wind performed particularly well, with generation increasing by 50% compared to the same period last year.

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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