New data published in the UK Government’s quarterly publication Energy Trends has showed that the country’s share of renewable electricity was 29.8% of the total energy mix during Q2, 2017.
The share of electricity generated from coal fell by 50% to 2.1% during the same period.
Reacting to the development, UK Renewable Energy Association policy and external affairs head James Court said: “This is another milestone in the journey towards a more affordable, flexible, and consumer-focused energy system.
“This success has been facilitated by the rapid fall in cost for renewable technologies such as solar and wind, which are now the most cost-effective means of new power generation.
“The government must address the policy barriers which have unnecessarily impeded their deployment over the last year and give the industry clarity around how the market will be structured in the 2020s.”
The association has also urged the government to expand its decarbonisation goal to the heat and transport sectors.
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A UK Renewable Energy Association analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) installation data has revealed that the capacity of solar PV deployment grew by more than 50% between January and September 2015, while the growth reduced to 18% between the same months of the succeeding year.
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