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UK's record shift to renewable energy

  • Publish Date: Posted 29 days ago
  • Author: Steve Walia

​In its latest energy sector report, the UK government reveals a significant shift towards renewable sources, as the nation's electricity generation dips slightly but sees a historic rise in sustainable practices. The report, covering December 2023 to February 2024, highlights the changing dynamics in energy consumption and production across the country.


Overall, primary energy consumption decreased by 1.6%, largely due to unusually warm temperatures over the period. However, when adjusted for temperature variations, there was a slight increase in consumption by 0.2%. This indicates underlying demand for energy remains robust, unaffected by changes in energy prices.


Notably, indigenous energy production saw a downturn of 6.9%, with declines recorded across all traditional fuel types except for bioenergy, wind, and hydro. This shift underscores a significant movement away from conventional energy sources towards more sustainable options.


Electricity generation by major power producers also declined by 1.9%. This reduction was particularly noticeable in coal and gas generation, which plummeted by 40% and 10% respectively, signalling a strategic pivot away from fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources surged by 12%, led predominantly by wind power, which contributed to renewables achieving a record high by accounting for 50.8% of the total electricity generated by major producers.


This landmark achievement means that for the first time, renewables have surpassed the 50% mark in electricity generation, reflecting the UK's commitment to a sustainable future. The composition of the electricity sector now stands at 34.1% gas, 12.9% nuclear, and a mere 1.5% coal, with low-carbon generation reaching 63.6% - a clear testament to the country's progress towards reducing its carbon footprint.


As the UK continues to advance its green agenda, these figures represent not just statistical changes, but a transformation in how energy is viewed and used nationwide, paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable energy landscape.