UK Government’s official data projects that around 30% of electricity is generated from clean and renewable sources. In the context, in 2014, UK renewables had hit around 19.2% of electricity supply.
The 30% of electricity generation in 2017 is nearly a 5% increase from 2016. The increase is in the wake of increased solar and wind installations that continue to decarbonise the UK’s energy and electricity mix.
The Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy released the figures covering the whole of 2017. And, the UK Government’s latest Digest of UK Energy Statistics projected that renewables had accounted for a record high of 29.3% of the UK’s electricity in 2017, which was up from 24.5% in 2016. Meanwhile, wind power accounted for half of the renewables mix, which is inclusive of 8.6% source from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore. Furthermore, coal and gas were down by 27% and 4.6% respectively. And, in total, the electricity generated from wind power increased by 11% compared to the levels in 2016.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the primary energy consumption was down 0.3% once the favourable weather was accounted for. And, an increase in the consumption that was transport-related meant that the final energy consumption excluding energy used by the energy sector actually rose 0.9%.
The projected statistics are showing the right direction, even though they may not be fast enough to prevent a climatic meltdown. And, the positives are that with the decarbonisation of electricity growing fast, there are expectations to outsize impacts on electrification of transportation, which has significant backing from both policymakers and business. Many experts reiterate that they look forward to the progress advancing and growing faster.