RECORD RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION IN THE UK

Electricity produced by renewable technologies rose by 43% year on year in the first quarter of 2014 to reach a record 19.4% share of the total energy mix, UK government figures show. This performance marked a 1.5 percentage point increase on the previous record of 17.9% recorded in the last quarter of 2013 and took renewable electricity generation to a record 18.1 TWh.

Meanwhile, generation from gas dropped almost 20%, while coal fell just under 17% and nuclear almost 10%. Onshore wind generation increased 62%, offshore wind by 53%, and solar PV, wave and tidal – grouped together in the report – grew 76%