UK Renewables Break Generation Record Again


RenewableUK has welcomed new official Government statistics published last week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showing that the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.

This is a jump of 5.8% compared with the same period in 2012, when the figure stood at 9.7%.

Generation from onshore wind was up 70% on the same time last year, while offshore wind showed an increase of 51%, due to increased capacity onshore and offshore, as well as high wind speeds, according to DECC.

Nearly half of the total generation from renewables came from wind (48%).

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK said: “The fact that we have seen the record for renewables generation broken twice in the space of a few months shows for itself the progress being made in the race to decarbonize our economy and secure our future electricity supply.”

Article appearing courtesy Celsias.

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