Renewables overtook fossil fuels as a source for energy for businesses and homes in the UK, for the first time over the last quarter.The record was set in the third quarter of this year after renewable energy sources rose to provide 40% of energy.
An analysis by climate website Carbon Brief showed that renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines, renewable biomass plants, and solar farms, generated 29.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) from July to September — more than the 29.1 TWh generated by fossil fuels.
The new milestone in renewable energy production confirms predictions made by National Grid. The predictions claimed that 2019 would be the first year since the Industrial Revolution that zero-carbon electricity – renewables and nuclear – will provide more power than coal-fired power and gas.
Wind power, which makes up 20% of the UK’s electricity, is the strongest source of renewable energy in the UK. Electricity generated from renewable biomass plants made up 12% of energy, while solar panels generated 6%.
The Hornsea One project, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, started generating electricity off the Yorkshire coast in February of this year.By October, it had already reached peak capacity of 1,200MW
Kwasi Kwarteng, the minister for energy and clean growth, stated the renewables record is “yet another milestone on our path towards ending our contribution to climate change altogether by 2050.”
“Already, we’ve cut emissions by 40% while growing the economy by two thirds since 1990. Now, with more offshore wind projects on the way at record low prices, we plan to go even further and faster in the years to come,” Kwarteng explained.