Britain’s renewable energy industry has hit a major milestone after the total renewables capacity overtook that of fossil fuels for the first time.
The country’s renewables capacity has risen to 42GW, passing the 40.6GW combined capacity of coal, oil and gas-fired power stations.
Renewable capacity has tripled over the past five years with significant growth in solar farms and offshore wind farms being connected to the grid.
Over the same period, a third of the UK’s fossil fuel capacity has b...
The Contracts for Difference (CfD) regime will undergo further changes once next year’s round of auctions is completed, the UK Government has announced.
In its response to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said it would consider “further refinements”.
The CCC has called for onshore wind and solar farms to be allowed to bid for CFDs because they are the cheapest forms of renewable energy.BEIS said i...
The UK’s offshore wind energy capacity could increase by a further 3.4GW after The Crown Estate announced that eight projects have satisfied its application criteria.
Proposals to extend the 317MW Sheringham Shoal, 402MW Dudgeon, 573MW Race Bank, 504MW Greater Gabbard, 353MW Galloper and 300MW
Thanet wind farms off the east coast of England were approved.
The 576MW Gwynt y Mor wind farm off the west coast and the 400MW Rampion off the south coast also received backing.
All eight proposed ext...
Solar PV generation produced a record amount of electricity in Great Britain during the second quarter of the year, helping the broader renewables sector to hit a new high.
A total of 4.6TWh was generated by solar between April and June, up 0.9% year-on-year.
The boost meant renewable energy’s share of the energy mix rose to a record 31.7%. Gas accounted for 42%, nuclear for 21.7% and coal for a fresh low of 1.6%.
Renewable energy capacity rose by 3.9GW year-on-year to 42.2GW, w...
Wind generation capacity in the UK has hit the 20GW mark, enough to meet the annual power needs of more than 14 million homes.
The landmark total was reached after the opening of Ørsted’s 659MW Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbria earlier this month.
Industry body RenewableUK said the figures highlighted the huge contribution now being made by wind but also reiterated its call for the UK Government to allow future onshore projects to compete for contracts.
RenewableUK’s Executive Directo...