Last year was the cleanest on record for Britain’s power supplies as the amount of zero carbon power outstripped that from fossil fuels for the first time.
A combination of renewable energy, nuclear power and interconnectors provided 48.5% of Great Britain’s electricity during the full year, compared with 43% from fossil fuel-burning power stations, according to figures from National Grid. The remaining 8.5% was supplied by burning wood pellets and other forms of biomass.
The figures came just days after the latest Energy Trends data from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy showed renewables generated 38.9% of Great Britain’s electricity between July and September, squeezing ahead of gas’s 38.8% for the first time.
Adding in nuclear power took the total to 57.3%, thanks to an increased contribution from wind farms.
Rebecca Williams, trade body RenewableUK’s Head of Policy & Regulation, said: “We’ve reached a historic tipping point with renewables outperforming gas for the first quarter ever.”