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The Rise Of Renewable Energy

It is well known that countries around the world are keen to increase the amount of electricity produced by renewable sources such as by solar and wind power as well as biomass. If you were to visit the website of My Grid GB you can see some interesting data in this respect for the UK. Below we highlight some of that information for your perusal but a lot more data can be viewed on the above website.

One thing that is particularly interesting is the drop in the amount of coal being used to help generate electricity. For instance, back in 2012, 43.2% of electricity was generated using coal. In 2013 this figure had fallen to 40.0%. In 2014 there was yet another reduction – this time to 32.3%. In 2015 electricity produced using coal dropped to 26%. By the end of 2016 there was a huge fall to only 9.6% and in 2017 electricity generated by coal amounted to a mere 7%.

Unfortunately, data is only available for solar power generated electricity from 2016 and in that year 3.3% of electricity was produced with the help of solar energy. Last year that figure had grown to 3.6%.

In 2012 wind made up 4% of generated electricity and the following year the figure had risen to 5.9%. In 2014 the figure was 7.1%, in 2015 it was 8.2% but in 2016 it fell to 7.6%. However, in 2017, the amount of electricity generated using wind had increased to 11.7%.

In 2012 biomass made up 0.7% of generated electricity and by the end of 2013 the figure had gone up to 1.2%. In 2014 there was a further rise to 2.5% and a further increase in 2015 to 3.9%. In 2016 the amount of electricity generated using biomass was 4.9% with a small rise in 2017 to 5%.

The level of carbon emissions appears to be going down. In 2016 the figure stood at 95mt yet in 2017 the amount had fallen to 77mt.

It will be very interesting to see the performance of renewable energy in respect of the above in 2018 here in the UK. Will we see a further rise in the amount of electricity produced using solar power?

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