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The changing face of renewables in the UK

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 year ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

​2020 was a record breaking year for renewable energy in the UK, and the records for individual renewables goals have been breaking ever since as Britain transitions to a low-carbon economy.


In 2010, clean energy only represented 20% of the country's energy mix, but by 2022, it was hitting over 50% for certain months of the year - a tremendous achievement given the speed at which the energy landscape has changed.


As the use of clean energy grew, the use of fossil fuels reduced. In fact, last year coal-derived energy only accounted for 1.5% of the UK's total energy use, compared to 2012 when it stood at 43%. There was also the longest-ever run of coal-free power generation to celebrate, with 68 days recorded between April and June 2020, where no coal was needed at all. This is the longest period of time in which coal hadn't been burned to produce power since the discovery of electricity!


In 2022, the record for maximum wind energy generation was also broken three times, reaching a peak of nearly 21 GW in December. Similar good news has been seen in figures for carbon intensity, with the lowest output recorded in February 2022, at 126 grams of carbon dioxide per kWh produced for the energy grid.


With the UK now moving swiftly towards its net-zero target in 2050, the energy mix is constantly evolving and the government is putting in place measures to match public investment, training and infrastructure development with private funding This will help develop the UK's clean energy industry and see Britain to become a world leader in this vital field, unlocking economic growth, energy security of supply and a new generation of clean, skilled and sustainable jobs.