Nearly a third of UK’s electricity needs met by renewables

The UK government has revealed that sources of renewable energy accounted for 29.8% of the total amount of electricity generated in the country during the second quarter of 2017.

These latest figures reflect the continued linear growth of renewables in the UK’s electricity mix, beating the previous high of 26.9% of the total electricity share set in the previous quarter.

“Onshore wind generation increased by 50%, the highest increase across the technologies, while offshore wind rose by 22%,” said the government in a statement.

Total renewable energy capacity stood at 38GW at the end of June, increasing 13% on the same period a year earlier, with the increase largely shaped by the rising capacity in onshore wind, but also in solar photovoltaic (PV).

Energy generated from solar PV accounted for 18% of the total renewables generation and contributed around one quarter to the 13% annual increase in total renewable energy capacity.

Emma Pinchbeck, director of industry body RenewableUK, said: “It’s terrific to see that nearly a third of the UK’s electricity is now being generated by renewables, with wind power leading the way.”