Graphic charts UK electrical supply sources for the first quarter of 2020.
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ENVIRONMENT

UK eco-friendly electricity trumps fossil fuels for first time

By Ninian Carter

May 21, 2020 - Renewables supplied more than 40% of UK electricity demand during the first quarter of 2020, overtaking fossil fuels for the first time.

The United Kingdom's National Grid electrical network has seen a rise in green power, sourced from solar, wind, hydro and biomass producers.

Renewables supplied 41.25% of electricity during the first quarter of 2020, overtaking fossil fuels for the first time (coal and gas totalled 33.55%), according to the Electric Insights report (Drax Group Plc), researched by academics from Imperial College, London.

Somewhat ironically, a drop in demand caused by lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 means the network is in danger of becoming overloaded and has asked for emergency powers to stem the flow of green energy if needed.

PUBLISHED: 21/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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