Last year was a record breaker for energy in Britain, with electricity the cleanest it’s been in 60 years as coal collapsed and renewables rose to never-before-seen levels. In 2016, just 9.3 percent of British electricity came from coal, the lowest share ever in the system’s 100-plus year history, and the lowest absolute quantity burned since the start of World War II. Clean energy, conversely, soared. In fact, at 10.2 percent of generation, wind farms produced more electricity than coal. The demise of coal has resulted in British carbon emissions from electricity generation falling in half over the past four years. A number of other milestones were reached, including solar generation being greater than coal in May, July and August. And for the first time since the national grid was established in the 1930s, there were times with no coal generation at all. Overall, renewable generation stands at just over 28 gigawatts of wind, solar and biomass installed – five times more than just five years ago. As of December 2016, Britain has more renewables (combined) than any other type of generation, beating even gas turbines.

– via The Conversation / Grant Wilson and 

 

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