Renewable energy sets new record for United Kingdom electricity generation

Lawrence Kim
June 30, 2017

New Government figures released show that renewable energy generated more than 25% of the UK's electricity in the first quarter of this year - with onshore wind setting a quarterly record high, providing 8.3% of our power, again demonstrating its role as a key technology in our energy mix.

"Naturally fast food chain" Leon is switching its energy from a mix of renewables to 100 percent United Kingdom solar power for the duration of the summer.

India can use its electricity grid to integrate 175 Gigawatts of renewable energy by the year 2022, union minister of state for power, coal, new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal said today. The second volume, to be released in July, takes a more in-depth look at system operations in the western and southern regions.

Emma Pinchbeck, executive director of industry body RenewableUK, said in a statement: "Renewable energy is a mainstream technology, which is cheaper and more advanced than ever".

Electricity regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission had in May notified a regulation allowing coal plants to operate at a technical minimum 55% capacity against the earlier 70%. Last year, it made the move to being powered by 100 percent United Kingdom renewable energy, in partnership with Opus Energy. Under the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India has committed to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 33-35% by 2030 from the 2005 levels and achieve about 40% power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources. The report released on Thursday said India's current coal-dominated power system has the flexibility to accommodate electricity generation variability associated with the targeted 175 GW of renewable energy capacities. "Combined and collaborative efforts such as these are labour and data intensive and detailed and often go unsung but are critical to creating the backbone for a reliable grid". Introducing renewable energy solutions into established energy systems often requires changes to well-established policy, institutions, and market structures.

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