Renewables outperform gas for the first quarter ever

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NEW official figures show that renewables generated a record quarterly amount of electricity between July and September, outperforming gas for the first quarter ever, according to RenewableUK.

The latest ‘Energy Trends’ report published today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows that in the third quarter of this year renewables provided a record 38.9% of the UK’s electricity, exceeding gas at 38.8%.

The Government report highlights what it describes as ‘a strong performance from renewable sources.’

This new quarterly record for renewables beats the previous one of 36.8% set in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Low carbon electricity (renewables and nuclear) rose to a record high of 57.3% due to increased renewables generation.

Generation from fossil fuels decreased to a record low of 40.1%.

The report states that the rise is due to increases in renewable generation capacity as well as favourable weather conditions, particularly for offshore wind.

It highlights wind as the principal source of renewable generation, providing 19% of the UK’s electricity in Q3.

RenewableUK’s Head of Policy and Regulation Rebecca Williams said: “We’ve reached a historic tipping point with renewables outperforming gas for the first quarter ever.

“This is great news all of us who are committed to reaching net zero emissions as fast and as cheaply as possible.

“As MPs take their seats in the new Parliament today, we’re looking forward to working closely with the new Government to speed up the transition to clean power.

“Wind is playing the leading role in this, generating nearly 20% of our electricity between July and September.

“We need to use a wide range of technologies to tackle dangerous climate change, including onshore wind as well as offshore, innovative floating wind and tidal power.”