UK sets renewable energy records

2017 has been the greenest ever in how the UK generates its electricity.

Renewable sources of energy produced more than three times the amount of electricity that came from coal.

More electricity was generated by wind than coal on more than three quarters of days in the year, and more by solar energy on more than half the days.

The UK broke 13 renewable energy records in 2017,

  • :In March, the largest amount of renewable electricity was produced – 19.2GW.
  • :In April, the UK had its first 24-hour period for more than 150 years without using power from coal.
  • In June, wind, nuclear and solar were generating more than gas and coal combined for the first time.
  • In December, the country generated the most wind power in a day – 281.5GW.

The figures from the National Grid reflect a UK government commitment to reduce carbon emissions and meet its targets on greenhouse gases.

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