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July 30, 2016
By: Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today / KCW Today

A quarter of UK electricity now from renewable sources


Solar panels on the BedZED development in the London Borough of Sutton / Photo credit BedZED

In 2015 renewable energy provided 25% of the UK’s electricity, up from 20% the previous year, with gas displacing coal as the top contributor.

Once considered the lifeblood of this country, for the first time coal is now marginally behind gas as the dominant source of electric energy in the UK, with renewable energy sources filling the gap it leaves behind, according to official government statistics recently released. 

This is a direct result of governmental changes that subsidise renewable energy sources under climate change initiatives and tax all energies that are not considered ‘clean’ such as coal, which produces large amounts of CO2 as a by-product of its energy production. 

Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, says: “The Government took the right decision when it announced the phasing out of coal. Now we can see renewable energy filling the gap, replacing old technology with new.”

 

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