UK renewable energy output hits record quarterly figure

The UK produced a record 25TWh of renewable energy in the first quarter of 2018, thanks to a strong performance from its highly-developed wind power sector.

Data compiled by EnAppSys revealed that renewable projects contributed to 29% of the UK’s total electricity generation, behind only gas-fired power stations, which provided 37.3% of the nation’s electricity.

Nuclear plants accounted for 18.1% and coal-fired plants provided 9.4%, with the remaining 9.4% of the UK’s Q1 electricity usage coming from the import market.

“The strong performance of wind helped overall renewable output to hit 25TWh — the highest ever level recorded in a single quarter in Britain — which meant renewables were the second largest contributor to the GB power mix behind gas-fired plant,” said EnAppSys, a data monitor for the nation’s energy market.

Wind farms provided 18.3% of electricity generation, followed by 6.8% from biomass plants, 2.2% from solar farms and 1.7% from hydro plants.

“The performance of renewables highlights just how important this electricity source — and particularly wind — has become to Britain’s power mix,” EnAppSys director Paul Verrill said.

“With offshore wind farms a cheap and relatively uncontroversial source of power, levels of wind generation are expected to continue rising,” he added.