Wind, solar and nuclear were all generating more electricity than gas and coal combined for the first time ever at lunchtime on Wednesday 7 June, as the UK set a new renewables peak power record.
National Grid reported that renewables – wind, solar, hydro and biomass – provided 18.7GW at 1pm on Wednesday, meeting 50.7% of total demand. Renewables in Britain went on to hit a peak power record of 19.3GW. Gas-fired power plants contributed just 20.8% to accommodate the surge in renewable power.
When nuclear adding to the figures, by 2pm low-carbon sources were producing 72.1% of electricity in the UK.
Commenting, Energy UK CEO Lawrence Slade said: “Today’s renewables record shows that energy companies are embracing the opportunity to deliver the affordable, secure and clean energy that consumers demand. We now need a stable policy framework that continues to encourage investment and an Industrial Strategy that promotes low-carbon growth.”