Renewable energy sources were used to generate a record share of Great Britain’s power during the second quarter of the year, while coal hit a record low.

Renewables generated 29.8% of the country’s electricity, with nuclear accounting for 23.6% and coal just 2.1%.

Increased capacity, higher wind speeds and lower overall total generation accounted for wind’s performance.

Gas remained the nation’s main power source, being used to generate 41.3% of power.

Calls for onshore wind to enter auctions

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, said: “It’s terrific to see that nearly a third of the UK’s electricity is now being generated by renewables, with wind power leading the way.

“Onshore wind is the cheapest form of new power plant, so it plays an absolutely crucial role in keeping consumer bills down.

“When the Government holds the next set of competitive auctions for contracts to generate electricity, low-cost onshore wind deserves the chance to compete.”

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