Renewable energy sources across the UK have officially generated more than one trillion kWh of electricity, according to the National Grid.
According to National Grid analytics, it has taken 50 years for the UK to generate one trillion kWh of electricity from renewable energy sources, although it won’t take that long to generate another trillion. In fact, the data suggests that it will take just five years to achieve the next trillion kWh milestone.
Records began in 1970 when renewables represented 1.9% of total generation, with hydro being the main source at the time (4.5 TWh). The data indicates that offshore and onshore wind and solar entered the generation mix in 2010, in line with the emergence of key pieces of legislation including the Energy Review in 2006 and the renewable energy directive in 2009.
Last month, April 2023, 46% of Britain’s electricity came from zero carbon sources, according to the National Grid ESO’s monthly electricity statistics. The month also saw a new low carbon intensity record of 33g/kWh on 10 April, with just 0.1% of generation from coal.
The good news for renewables also extends into the first three months of 2023, which saw wind overtake gas as the biggest source of electricity for the UK.
Ben Wilson, Interim President for National Grid Ventures, commented, “This major milestone re-affirms the UK’s position as world leaders in renewable energy and highlights the vital role renewables play in our transition to a cleaner energy future.
“Accelerating the delivery of renewable energy must continue to be a priority for a cleaner, more secure and more affordable energy future for everyone, but it requires the right framework to make it happen. We are committed to working with the Government and our partners to make it a reality.”