UK energy generation's first green 'majority' recorded
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jun 2017
THIS week saw a first in UK energy.
Renewable sources generated more electricity than coal and gas for the first time ever.
National Grid reported how, on Wednesday, power from wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7 per cent of the requirement.
Together with nuclear, at 2pm low carbon sources were producing 72.1 per cent of electricity in the UK.
Sun and wind combined to make the perfect storm of green supply, and it came as a huge renewables conference was in full thrust in London. It heard how offshore wind's capacity could be five times the current level by 2030.
Grimsby contributes nearly 1GW of offshore wind capacity – ramping up to 5GW in the next five years – with Immingham Renewable Fuel Terminal also handling biomass imports for Drax Power Station. Coal, the big loser in the energy mix – and felt at Immingham too – has already experienced days of zero requirement this year.