United Kingdom Registers More Use of Green Energy Than Fossil Fuels

In a report by Carbon Brief, data related to clean energy and fossil fuels were revealed. 

According to the organization, for the first time since 1882 (when the first public electricity generation station opened), the ‘green’ sources surpassed the use of electricity generated by coal, oil, and gas.

“During the three months of July, August, and September, renewables generated an estimated total of 29.5 terawatt-hours (TWh), compared with just 29.1TWh from fossil fuels, the analysis shows.”

The data was collected from the third quarter of 2019.

It is important to remember that the sources considered as renewable are: Wind, Biomass, Solar, and Hydro Plans. Here are the numbers of usage:

  • Gas: 38%
  • Wind: 20%
  • Nuclear: 19%
  • Biomass: 12%
  • Solar: 6%
  • Coal and oil: 1%

The graph shows how the use of energy from fossil fuels were reduced in comparison to the growth of clean energy.

“At the start of this decade in 2010, the 288TWh generated from fossil fuels accounted for around three-quarters of the UK total. It was also more than 10 times as much electricity as the 26TWh that came from renewables.”

This is an essential step for the UK, especially in the matter of trying to reduce the use of fossil energy sources.

You can check the full report by Carbon Brief here.


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