For the first time in the UK, renewable energy sources have generated more power than gas and coal.
On Wednesday 6 June, National Grid reported that wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning was producing 50.7 per cent of the UK’s energy. If one were to include nuclear energy in this mix, then low carbon sources were providing 72.1 per cent of the UK’s energy.
Weather conditions at Wednesday lunchtime were perfect for high renewable energy output, with the UK experiencing windy and sunny weather at the same time.
National Grid said in a tweet on Wednesday: “For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”
Another milestone came earlier in the week. On Tuesday, a tenth of the UK’s power was coming from offshore wind farms – a newcomer on the energy scene whose costs have plummeted far faster than expected. So much power was being generated by wind turbines, in fact, that prices fell to a tenth of their normal level.