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Renewable sources generate a third of the British electricity supply in the first quarter

The sources of renewable energy generated 27.2 TWh, approximately 33% of the electricity of Great Britain, during the first quarter of 2019, according to the new figures published by the energy consultancy EnAppSys, highlighting the wind power that represented more than 60% of renewable generation (16.6 TWh).


While gas-fired power plants generated the most electricity for the quarter, with 32.2TWh or almost 40% of Britain’s total, renewable energy sources continue to cut distances.

Conversely, fossil fuel generation levels were lower than ever in the first quarter, generating 35.1TWh, substantially less than in the previous quarters, including 66.8 TWh generated in the first quarter of 2011 and 40.3 TWh generated in the first quarter of 2011. the first quarter of 2018.

The regression of coal continues to establish historical lows in favor of gas and renewable generation, with EnAppSys affirming that coal effectively ceased to be an important source of fuel in this quarter.

Coal only generated 2.9TWh in the first quarter, 37.2% less than in the previous quarter and 65% less than the first quarter of 2018. Therefore, coal only provided 3.5% of the Britain’s electricity, while nuclear power provided 16% and electricity imports accounted for 7.6%.

“The market continues to move towards an increasingly greener future and this evolution will be supported by the news that National Grid is trying to manage the carbon-free system for several hours by 2025,” said Paul Verrill, director of EnAppSys.

“Promoting this progression is a significant growth in the levels of renewable generation that, according to current trends, could exceed fossil fuels in the not too distant future.

“Wind farms were responsible for 60.8% of renewable generation in the quarter and this displaced conventional power plants from the market. “Coal has effectively ceased to be an important source of fuel in the market and is now located below gas, nuclear power, wind energy, imports and biomass as an important source of fuel.”

In addition to providing an impressive amount of energy in the quarter, the wind farms also produced a new record of generation levels in a half-hour period, exceeding 15.1GW on February 9.

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