With 2017 seeing a number of renewable energy records broken in the UK, it’s encouraging to see that 2018 has picked up where we left off at the end of last year.
In fact, new research shared by EnAppSys revealed that aggregated renewable output in the UK hit its highest ever level recorded in a single quarter – 25.0TWh – between January and March this year.
Wind farms in particular were mentioned for their strong quarter, with a significant proportion of renewable electricity coming from this source in the first three months of 2018. This source also posted a 39 per cent year-on-year increase in the amount of electricity it generated.
Coal generation has continued to fall, although gas power plants have produced more energy this year, which means that fossil fuels still account for 47 per cent of the energy produced in the UK.
Within the renewable sphere, biomass was the second-largest source of renewable power, accounting for 5.9TWh in the first three months of this year. Although that was a drop on the final quarter of 2017, it is up compared to the same three months last year.
Biomass provided just under seven per cent of the UK’s renewable energy between January and March this year, the report added.
If you haven’t already done so, you may want to look into whether biomass heating could be a good option for your property.
Given that British Gas recently announced a price hike for customers on its standard variable tariff, you may want to explore other ways of providing heat and power for your home to help save you money and protect you from price fluctuations in the future.