New Government figures released today show that renewable energy generated more than 25% of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter of this year – with onshore wind setting a quarterly record high, providing 8.3% of our power, again demonstrating its role as a key technology in our energy mix. Onshore wind increased by 20.2% compared to Q1 2016.
The growth of UK renewables in the past ten years has been a real success, yet renewables are still often criticised for being 'intermittent'. Matthew Clayton gives his view on what the future has in store.
"Advances in enabling technologies and market innovations including energy storage, demand side aggregation and big data mean that the majority of our electricity can be generated by renewables in the decades ahead, even when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun fails to shine."
Now that the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been wrapped into Greg Clark’s new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, combating climate change in a timely manner, and at least cost, must be at the top of the agenda.
At a time where UK politics is frustrating progress towards a cleaner, greener future, it is heartening to look at the bigger picture, and there certainly seems to be a sense of hope and resilience from COP21.