31 Jul '16, 6pm

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Record

Nearly half of the UK's electricity came from renewables and nuclear in 2015, while fossil fuel's share of energy supplies hit a record low. The latest Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES ) from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS ) reveals a nation in the midst of a low-carbon transition. However, it also shows that fossil fuel extraction increased for the first time in 15 years. Carbon Brief has produced five charts to show what happened to the UK's energy mix in 2015. 1. Fossil Decline Fossil fuels supplied 82 percent of the UK's primary energy in 2015, by far the lowest share in records going back nearly half a century. Within that, coal use fell to 25 million tons of oil equivalent (Mtoe), down 21 percent in a year and just one quarter of the amount used in 1970. Top: UK primary energy use by source, millions of tons of oil equivalent (...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/uk-breaks-clean-energy-record-195...

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