Increase in renewable energy – 2017 ‘greenest year ever’

The rise in renewable energy saw the UK achieve its greenest year so far, with figures from the National Grid showing that 13 clean energy records were broken in 2017.

2017 saw the UK achieve its first full day without using coal power since the Industrial Revolution, the most electricity produced from solar power at a single moment, and the most wind power produced in a day.

“We have never been cleaner or greener – and we are on course for an even better year in 2018,” said Gareth Redmond-King, head of energy and climate at WWF, the world’s leading independent conservation organisation.

The increase in low-carbon electricity came primarily from recent investment in wind farms, particularly offshore, and to a lesser extent, from solar energy.

“Renewable energy now makes up nearly a third of all electricity generated in the UK,” said Martin Harris, Account Executive  at Stackhouse Poland. “Stackhouse Poland works with many clients in the renewable energy and power generation industry. We’re seeing continued investment in renewables and we anticipate that the percentage of clean energy produced will continue to rise.”

A focus on using ‘cleaner energy’ has helped to UK to halve carbon emissions in the electricity sector since 2012, and the UK is now ranked fourth cleanest in Europe and seventh worldwide. Separate research from power group MyGridGB shows that British wind farms produced more electricity than coal plants on over 75% of days in 2017.

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