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29 Jan 20211 minute read

Renewables overtook fossil fuels in 2020

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Renewables overtook fossil fuels in 2020

Renewable energy sources generated a record 42 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2020, according to a report from green energy thinktank Ember.

Their analysis shows that wind output grew by 4 per cent as gas dropped to a five-year low and coal declined to 2 per cent of electricity generation, down from 23 per cent in 2015.

Ember’s programme lead Charles Moore said to Edie news: “With Boris’s 40GW 2030 offshore wind target, gas generation is set for further rapid declines over the 2020s. It is clear the UK has started its journey towards gas power phase-out in 2035 as recommended by the Climate Change Committee.”

“The coronavirus has accelerated the trend towards renewable energy but we would have expected renewables to overtake fossil fuels by 2021. It has brought forward the trend by only a year or two. Renewables will probably remain above fossil fuels this year, but it’s very dependent on various things like nuclear output and the weather. Even if fossil fuels return this year it will be a narrow lead and a short-lived one.”