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UK Breaks Renewable Energy Record

Posted on the 10 July 2020 by Ecoexperts @TheEcoExperts

A seismic shift from fossil fuels to rising renewables

The previous renewable record was 38.9%, set in the last three months of 2019.

This time last year - in the first quarter of 2019 - renewables generated 35.9% of electricity.

For its share to jump to 47% is incredible, and also reflects how far fossil fuels have fallen.

For context, gas made up 41.8% of the UK's electricity generation in the first quarter of 2019.

Over the same period this year, it was down to 31.4%.

That means gas has lost 25% of its electricity generation share in the space of a year.

Oil's share also fell - and though coal's share increased slightly, it's on an unstoppable downward trajectory more broadly.

Coal production hit a record low in 2020's first quarter. Its total was 26.5% lower than in the first three months of 2019.

Overall, coal produced just 0.87% of the UK's energy - 34 times less than renewables.

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