Renewable energy sources generated more electricity in the UK than fossil fuels for the first year ever in 2020, according to new figures from BEIS.
The proportion of the energy mix accounted for by renewables reached a record 43.1% last year as fossil fuels’ share fell again. Together with nuclear power, low carbon generation accounted for 59.3% of the energy mix,
The proportion of fossil fuels in the energy mix reached a record low in 2020, dropping to 37.7% compared to 75.4% in 2010. Coal fell to just 1.8%, down from 28.2% a decade ago.
However the data also showed that growth in new renewable capacity slowed in 2020, blamed on the impact of the pandemic on investment and construction activity. Total electricity generation levels fell 3.6% compared to 2019, with industrial demand for electricity falling by 9.3% but domestic consumption rising by 3.9% as more people worked from home.
Dan McGrail, CEO of Renewable UK, described the latest data as “stellar news” ahead of COP26.
“It shows that this country is playing a leading role in the global energy transition, with renewables becoming the dominant source of new power generation – outstripping fossil fuels for the first time ever and setting new record highs across the board,” he said. Read more