Renewables' increasing role revealed in official figures

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

THE Government’s latest annual energy statistics show that renewable energy is consolidating its central role as a mainstream power source.

The Digest of UK Energy Statistics confirm definitively that 29.3 per cent of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017– up from 24.5 per cent in 2016. Half of this came from wind alone, which provided 14.8 per cent of the UK’s power, with 6.2 per cent from offshore, with the cluster of farms operated out of Grimsby playing a key role. 

Read more: Milestone moment: Grimsby's 1GW economy in offshore wind

The publication also confirms that the carbon intensity of the UK’s power supply has fallen to record low levels. On average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated last year produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012. This reduction has been driven by a huge reduction in our use of coal and the rapid growth of zero carbon renewables.

RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “This is a radical shift, and we will see ever more low-cost renewables meeting flexible demand from homes, electric vehicles and new manufacturing processes and industries.”

Offshore wind’s contribution grew by 27 per cent, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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