Posted on: 11/07/2017
Renewable energy projects generated a record 24.8TWh of power during the first quarter of 2017, according to official figures.
The total was up 5.1% year-on-year.
Renewables accounted for 26.6% of the UK’s electricity for the first three months of the year, up from 25.6% in the first quarter of last year.
Gas accounted for 39.9%, while nuclear produced 18.9% and coal supplied 11.3%.
Record low for coal
Coal extraction fell to a record low of one million tonnes during the opening quarter of the year.
Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, said: “Renewable energy is a mainstream technology, which is cheaper and more advanced than ever.
“Our innovative industries have matured to the point where we now reliably provide over 25% of the UK with clean, sustainable power.”