Over 50 percent of the United Kingdom’s electricity has come from low-carbon sources including UK nuclear, imported French nuclear, biomass, hydro, wind and solar for the first time ever.
The new study from energy company Drax, which runs a biomass power stations, found electricity from low-emission sources had peaked at 50.2 percent between July and September – a huge improvement on the 20 percent being produced by the same sources in 2010 – and saw Britain run coal-free for nearly six days in the last quarter.
Nuclear energy provided 26 percent, the largest share of the UK’s low-carbon generation, for the period in question, with renewable energies providing a further 20 percent as they continue to grow in capacity.
While of course nuclear energy also has natural limits which could be a problem in the more distant future, the progress being made is undeniably positive.
The wind and solar instalment in Britain has increased six-fold in the past six years, while biomass has also seen a huge increase.