Britain sees record jump in renewable energy production in 2017

23 February 2018 | Mitigation

Britain's green energy production hit record highs in 2017, government data showed on Thursday, while overall output rose for a third year.

Renewable energy output grew by 12.1 percent, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said, driven by increased wind and solar capacity as well as higher wind speeds.

Gas production rose by 0.6 percent, oil fell 1.7 percent and coal tumbled 27 percent to a record low.

Renewables including bioenergy, wind, solar and hydro power accounted for 23.4 percent of the electricity supplied, up from 18.9 percent in 2016.

Gas remained the top source of electricity accounting for 45.2 percent of the total supplied, down from 47.0 percent,

Nuclear power remained stable at 23.6 percent of the total while coal-generated electricity fell to 7.8 percent from 10.5 percent of the total. Coal production fell by 27 percent to a record low.

Overall energy generation reached 125.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent, up 0.1 percent, the data showed.

The data included major power producers only. The BEIS said more detailed estimates will be published on March 29.



Source: Economic Times