26 Jul '18, 10am

Wind drives renewables to record 29.3% UK power share

Renewables accounted for a new high of 29.3% of UK power generation in 2017 as the nation’s wind fleet delivered record output on- and offshore, latest government statistics show. The renewables share was up from 24.5% in 2016, said the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The growth was driven by onshore wind output that surged 39% and a 27% increase in offshore generation, both to new record levels, thanks to extra capacity and higher wind speeds. Solar and hydropower also did their bits, increasing by 11% and 10% respectively, the data shows. The UK’s renewable power fleet generated a total of 99.3TWh, a 19% uplift on 2016’s figure. The growth in renewables was mirrored by a fall in coal generation, which saw its share decrease to 6.7% in 2017 from a year-earlier 9%. The UK government this week underlined its commitment to the offshore wind sec...

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