Britain generated a record amount of power from renewable energy sources in 2015, according to data released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Renewables generated 83.3TWh of electricity last year, up by 28.9% since 2014.

This gave the renewables sector a record 24.7% share of generation in 2015, up by 5.6 percentage points on 2014’s figure.

Gas’s share dipped by 0.3% to 29.5%, while coal fell by 7.1% to 22.6% and nuclear rose by 2% to 20.8%.

UK still may miss renewables target

James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, warned: “On the face of it, it appears that the UK Government will meet its renewable electricity target of 30% by 2020.

“In reality, due to the significant failure to increase the rate of renewables in the heating and transport sectors, the REA projects that we will clearly miss our overall renewable energy target.”

DECC’s figures showed Scotland generated 57% of its power from renewables in 2015, ahead of its 50% target.

Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at trade body Scottish Renewables, said: “This is another important milestone for our industry and shows renewables are now a mainstream part of our power sector.”

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