Renewables overtake coal in UK energy mix

Renewable energy sources outperformed both coal and nuclear for the first time during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest government figures.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics show renewables generated 25.3% of UK between April and June. 

According to the figures, 42% of this came from onshore and offshore wind. Wind generated 10.7% of the country’s needs.

Coal generated 20.5% and nuclear which provided 21.5%. 

Overall renewable electricity generation increased by 51.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Gas provided 30%.

“The new statistics show that Britain is relying increasingly on dependable renewable sources to keep the country powered up, with onshore and offshore wind playing the leading roles in our clean energy mix,” said RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Maria McCaffery.

“If Ministers want to see good statistics like we’ve had today continuing into the years ahead, they have to knuckle down, listen to the high level of public support we enjoy, and start making positive announcements on wind, wave and tidal energy.”

The chief executive of renewable energy company Good Energy, Juliet Davenport OBE, added: “It's fantastic to see that a quarter of our electricity has come from renewable sources over a three month period for the first time. 

“Renewables have shown incredible growth in the last few years and are leading the way when it comes to making the UK more energy secure.

"A future powered solely by renewables is possible but only if practical and pragmatic, evidence based policy for renewable energy is in place."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues