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Renewables topped fossil fuels in U.K. electricity generation for first time in 2020

March 26, 2021

UK government statistics show that renewable electricity generation outperformed fossil fuels for the first year ever in 2020, providing 43% of the country’s electricity.

Fossil fuels generated 38.5%, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Trends report.

Onshore and offshore wind provided more than half of the UK’s renewable power in 2020 by generating 24.2% of the UK’s electricity needs (13% from offshore wind and 11.2% from onshore wind).

Low carbon sources (renewables and nuclear) generated 59%.

The report highlighted that renewable generation has increased year on year and the latest annual record was driven mainly by high levels of generation from wind which increased by 18% compared to 2019.

In total, renewable capacity grew by just 2% during 2020, the lowest growth rate since at least 2010, compared with an average growth of almost 20% during the preceding 10 years.

More: Renewables outstrip fossil fuels in UK in 2020

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