Renewables surpass coal in UK electricity generationStaff writer ▼ | September 26, 2015
Britain's total share of electricity generation from renewable energy reached a record high of 25 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a report by the government's department of energy and climate change (DECC).
UK renewables A record high of 25 percent
This was an increase of 8.6 percentage points over the same period of last year when the figure stood at 16.4 percent, according to the statistics.
Among the renewables, solar power saw the strongest surge between April and June, rising by 114.8 percent over last year. Electricity from wind went up by 65 percent year-over-year, driven by the expansion of several large-scale offshore wind farms. Electricity from biomass also rose by 26 percent year-over-year.
In general, gas took up the largest share of electricity generation in the second quarter, about 30 percent of the total. Renewables and nuclear energy came in second and third, while coal fell back to fourth place, with a share of 20.5 percent. ■