The UK Government has just released its energy figures for 2017; they show that the UK renewable energy market is continuing to boom.
The stats for the last year show that renewables overall provided 29.4% of the UK’s entire electricity demand up (from 25% in 2016). Wind energy, in particular, had a great year. Increasing from 11% of the UK’s total power demand to 15%. Wind peaked in the final months of the year; providing 18.5% of the UK’s total power.
The boom in renewable usage coupled with a decline in coal power means that UK greenhouse gas emissions are back down to levels last seen in 1890.
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Provisional figures from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy show that carbon dioxide emissions last year weighed in at 366.9 million tonnes (Mt). A decrease of 3.2% from 2016.
This means that greenhouse gas emissions in the UK are now 43% against their peak 1990 level.
This total decline is due to a major shift in the energy sector away from coal to renewables.
The energy sector emitted 8.7 Mt of CO2 last year, down 7.6%. This is down to the decline of coal usage which has dropped a staggering 28% from 2016 to 2017.
Why Wind Energy is dominating the renewables market
Wind Energy has benefited from a crash in the cost of production.
The cost of offshore wind halved in 2017 while onshore wind is already the cheapest power source in the United Kingdom.
The low price of wind energy in the UK is due to a large increase in capacity and higher recorded wind speeds.
These latest stats show that wind provided enough electricity to power nearly 13 million UK households last year.