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Renewable energy overtakes fossil fuels in powering Britain

Wind power accounted for 30% of that after an incredibly stormy February.

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By Charlotte Whyatt · 21st May 2020

Renewable energy generated over 40% of Britain’s power in the first three months of 2020 overtaking fossil fuels for the first time.  

30% was produced by wind power which experienced a particularly huge boost in February when the UK was battered by some major storms. 

The arrival of Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and the like meant that it was the first month when more electricity was produced by wind farms than gas-fired power stations in the UK.

Solar power, biomass energy and natural gas also all contributed.

It’s hoped that this trend for renewable energy will continue with more offshore wind farms set to come online this year and one of Britain’s three remaining coal plants to close next March.  

Overall, demand for electricity in the UK has fallen significantly due to the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s down by 13% to its lowest level since 1982 due to a reduction in transport services and the vast majority of schools, offices and factories being closed since late March.  

Domestic power has increased however as the country continues to work and learn from home. 

Source: Sky News

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