Renewable energy sources generate more than half of UK electricity


Data showed that solar panels across the country were producing around 7.6GW of electricity and the windfarms generated 9.5GW of power.

The UK has also burnt 2GW of renewable biomass, produced from waste wood, and generated a significant amount of hydroelectricity, reported The Telegraph.

The 19.3GW of renewable energy was sufficient to meet more than 50% of the UK’s midday power demand of 35.4GW.

"For the first time ever, this lunchtime wind, nuclear, and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined."

The BBC reported that the National Grid tweeted: “For the first time ever, this lunchtime wind, nuclear, and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”

At midday, nuclear power accounted 23.2% of the energy mix, while that generated by the gas-fired power plants was reduced to 20.8%.

RenewableUK's head Emma Pinchbeck was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: "National Grid is confirming that low-carbon sources are generating 70% of our electricity, with windpower the star amongst these sources."

She added: "incoming government should be proud of what the wind sector has achieved in the UK, and work with the industry to ensure that these record-breaking days for wind energy generation become our new norm."