Milestone in renewable technology to benefit the economy
A windswept start to the UK summer has helped the renewable energy industry to its highest ever recorded output as wind turbines and solar panels help to meet more than half of the UK’s electricity demand.
The National Grid, the body that owns and manages the power supply around the UK, said in a tweet: “For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”
On Wednesday 7th June 2017, power from solar, wind, hydro and wood pellet burning supplied 50.7% of UK energy. If you include the energy from nuclear the low carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the UK.
Many environmentalists are elated with the news as the UK edges closer to a low-carbon economy. At the time of Wednesday’s record, 1% of demand was met by storage; this will have to increase hugely as the UK moves towards a low-carbon electricity system.
Emma Pinchbeck, who heads up renewable energy trade body RenewableUK, said: “National Grid is confirming that low-carbon sources are generating 70pc of our electricity – with wind power the star amongst these sources.”
She said the “incoming government should be proud of what the wind sector has achieved in the UK, and work with the industry to ensure that these record-breaking days for wind energy generation become our new norm”.
This milestone proves that the expansion and growth of the technology sector provides incredible benefits for the UK economy, and the fact that we face a skills shortage in this sector is fast becoming a huge economic concern.
Edward Davey, former UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “Renewable energy will create a multi-billion pound boom for the British economy, driving growth and supporting jobs across the country.”
There is a direct correlation of renewables and a more stable economy. The rapid improvement of renewable technology has contributed to a more stable economy in Britain, and an increase in more efficient and innovative renewable technology will only continue to do so, at an accelerated rate.
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