Renewable Energy Overtakes Fossil Fuels in the UK for the First Time Ever

The increase is largely due to new offshore wind farms.

Renewables overtook fossil fuels as a source for energy for businesses and homes in the UK, for the first time over the last quarter.

The record was set in the third quarter of this year after renewable energy sources rose to provide 40% of energy.

An analysis by climate website Carbon Brief showed that renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines, renewable biomass plants, and solar farms, generated 29.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) from July to September — more than the 29.1 TWh generated by fossil fuels.

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Dwindling coal

As The Guardian reports, this new milestone in renewable energy production confirms predictions made by National Grid. The predictions claimed that 2019 would be the first year since the Industrial Revolution that zero-carbon electricity – renewables and nuclear – will provide more power than coal-fired power and gas.

Renewable Energy Overtakes Fossil Fuels in the UK for the First Time Ever
Wind turbines in Cornwall. Source: LeoPatrizi/iStock
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