Renewable energy projects generated a record 24.8TWh of power during the first quarter of 2017, according to official figures.

The total was up 5.1% year-on-year.

Renewables accounted for 26.6% of the UK’s electricity for the first three months of the year, up from 25.6% in the first quarter of last year.

Gas accounted for 39.9%, while nuclear produced 18.9% and coal supplied 11.3%.

Record low for coal

Coal extraction fell to a record low of one million tonnes during the opening quarter of the year.

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, said: “Renewable energy is a mainstream technology, which is cheaper and more advanced than ever.

“Our innovative industries have matured to the point where we now reliably provide over 25% of the UK with clean, sustainable power.”

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