UK breaks another record for renewable energy generation in Q3

Renewable energy accounted for almost a third of the UK’s electricity supply between July and September, with major new offshore wind farms boosting the nation’s clean energy generation.

Offshore projects such as the 659MW Walney Extension off the coast of Cumbia pushed renewables to 33.1% of the UK’s electricity during Q3, up from 30% in the same quarter one year ago.

The speed at which renewables projects are being installed has resulted in records being broken on a quarterly basis. In November, it was announced that the UK’s renewable energy capacity surpassed that of fossil fuels for the first time.

Incidentally, gas and coal slumped to a new low of just over 41.1% of the UK’s total electricity generation in Q3, according to official statistics.

Low carbon sources of power, which include the country’s eight nuclear power stations, currently account for 56% of the UK’s electricity supply.

“Solar and wind technologies are powering ahead, beating new records for low costs and high production despite unhelpful government interventions,” said Greenpeace UK’s policy director, Doug Par.