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UK Renewable Energy Production Overtakes Fossil Fuels

It’s quite common to hear that significant milestones are still ahead to make sure that countries make the necessary switch to renewable energy sources, but the UK achieved one such milestone in 2020.

While renewable sources of energy have occasionally provided more energy than fossil fuels during the summer months, 2020 was the first year where renewables were a larger source of energy than fossil fuels.

The Guardian in the UK reported some information about the energy output comparison. 

“The thinktank behind the report, Ember, revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.”

In terms of power generation, the UK now produces a quarter of all its electricity needs from wind farms

But it’s not just the growth of renewables that is encouraging.

Energy production from gas and coal-fired power plants has fallen, which is a good sign that the country is taking active steps to switch on the good and switch off the bad energy production. 

Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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