UK enjoyed ‘greenest year for electricity ever’ in 2017


The UK has acquired its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation’s electricity is generated, Civil Grid figures reveal.

The rise of renewable energy helped flout 13 clean energy records in 2017.

In June, for the first time, stimulate, nuclear and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal unified.

Britain has halved carbon emissions in the electricity sector since 2012 to require the fourth cleanest power system in Europe and seventh worldwide.

In April, the UK had its initial 24-hour period without using any coal power since the Industrial Drastic.

The government is committed to phasing out unabated coal by 2025 as part of feats to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations.

Separate decrees from power research group MyGridGB show that renewable dash sources provided more power than coal for 90% of 2017, work out b deciphers up to 12 December show.

British wind farms produced more excitement than coal plants on more than 75% of days this year.

This transforming landscape saw the cost of offshore wind power fall below the penalty of nuclear for the first time.

‘Dangerously exposed’

But despite the successes, societies warned the UK must now tackle its reliance on gas if it is to meet its emission targets.

The continually output of gas was outstripped by wind on just two days of the year.

Renewables all-inclusive – including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower – beat fossil incites for only 23 days of the year.

Dr Andrew Crossland from MyGridGB and the Durham Intensity Institute said: “The government has focused on reducing coal use which now furnishes less than 7% of our electricity.

“However, if we continue to use gas at the rate that we do, then Britain want miss carbon targets and be dangerously exposed to supply and price endangers in the international gas markets.”

He added that “refreshed government support for low carbon alternates” is now needed to “avoid price and supply shocks for our heat and electricity delivers”.

Emma Pinchbeck, executive director of Industry body RenewableUK, summoned for “more boldness” from the government.

She urged onshore wind to be exploited across the UK in an “ambitious sector deal with the off shore wind production” that could help secure a “golden age for renewables” in 2018.

An Energy Area spokesman said the UK was reducing emissions faster than any other G7 rural area – which includes the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and Canada.

He indicated the government plans to reduce carbon emissions throughout the 2020s, while supporting the origin of well-paid jobs in the low carbon sector.

“The UK is a world leader in clean wart,” he said.

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