UK eco-friendly electricity trumps fossil fuels for first time
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.