30 Apr '15, 9am

UK smashed low-carbon power record in 2014

UK smashed low-carbon power record in 2014

Low-carbon electricity supplied a record 38.3 per cent of power in 2014, despite a number of nuclear power outages in the second half of the year, new government figures have suggested today. Provisional data released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed major growth in renewable energy generation from wind, solar, biomass and hydro helped make up for a shortfall in coal and nuclear generation. Coal accounted for less than one third of the UK's power supply for the first time, after a number of plants came offline or switched to biomass. Nuclear generation fell by 9.7 per cent, due to a number of plant outages in the second half of the year. Overall power supply dropped last year, helping the share of low-carbon power to increase from 34.6 per cent in 2013 to 38.3 per cent last year. Gas' share of the power mix similarly rose from 26.6 per cent to...

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