The proportion of the UK’s power generation mix made up by fossil fuels has fallen to a record low after renewable energy became the UK’s largest source of electricity. Government figures showed the UK relied on renewables, such as wind and solar, for 38.9% of its electricity in the third quarter of this year, up from one-third in the same period in 2018. Renewable energy moved narrowly ahead of gas-fired power, which made up 38.8% of the electricity mix, to emerge as the UK’s biggest source of power. Renewable energy has surpassed gas to become the UK’s largest source of electricity generation Coal Oil and other Gas Nuclear Renewables 0 20 40 60 80 100 2018 2.5% 2.9 38.7 23.0 32.9 2019 1.0% 2.9 38.8 18.4 38.9 Coal Oil and other Gas Nuclear Renewables 0 20 40 60 80 100 2018 2.5% 2.9 38.7 23.0 32.9 2019 1.0% 2.9 38.8 18.4 38.9 Guardian graphic. Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy The rise of renewables combined with output from nuclear power plants pushed fossil fuels to their lowest share of the UK’s energy mix on record, according to the official data. The dwindling number of coal-fired power stations […]

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