Renewable Energy Outperforms Fossil Fuels in UK

Renewable electricity generation in the UK outperformed fossil fuels for the first year ever in 2020, with offshore and onshore wind providing more than half of the country’s renewable electricity last year.

Renewables generated 43 per cent of the UK’s electricity, while fossil fuels provided 38.5 per cent. Offshore and onshore wind accounted for 24.2 per cent in the renewables share: offshore wind 13 per cent and onshore wind 11.2 per cent. Low carbon sources, including renewables and nuclear power, together generated 59 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2020, according to the figures in the latest Energy Trends report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Electricity generation from renewable sources has increased year on year and the latest annual record was driven mainly by high levels of generation from wind, which increased by 18 per cent compared to 2019.

In terawatt hours (TWh), a total of 312.8 TWh of electricity was generated in the UK by all sources in 2020. Renewables generated 134.3 TWh, an increase of 11 per cent compared to 2019, while fossil fuel generation fell by 14 per cent to 120.5 TWh. Renewable electricity generation outstripped fossil fuels in each quarter of 2020 apart from Q3, when it was slightly below. Wind farms generated 75.7 TWh, with 40.7 TWh coming from those at sea and 35 TWh from onshore wind farms.

“Today’s record-breaking figures, set despite the pandemic, show that renewables are keeping this country reliably powered up during the most challenging period any of us have faced for many decades”, said Melanie Onn, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive.

According to the report, COVID-19 reduced industrial demand for electricity in 2020 and the total generation from all sources fell by 3.7 per cent, from 324.8 TWh in 2019 to 312.8 TWh in 2020.

The electricity generation figures were released on 25 March, when the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) also issued its report on jobs that the country’s growing offshore wind sector is expected to create by 2026, along with major investments in building and operating projects by that time.

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Angela Grey

Angela Grey, Building and Tenant Manager and joined the team at OrbisEnergy in 2017.  She brings over 20 years experience of sales and customer service.

Angela is still fairly new to offshore renewables and is eager to build a sound knowledge of the industry.

Ian Pease

Ian Pease, Business Development Manager joined in February 2020. His role is to drive forward OrbisEnergy as an innovation and technology cluster for the region’s clean energy sector by working closely with new and existing tenants.

Carlie Seager

Carlie joined the OrbisEnergy team as a Property Support Administrator in August 2019. She brings with her two years of sales negotiation & customer service and almost five years of business administration working within the NHS. Carlie is new to the Offshore Renewable Energy field but is looking forward to building her knowledge within a fantastic team.

Steve Huxter

Steve joined OrbisEnergy as a Property Support Administrator in July 2019. He brings over 30 years experience of Central Government service across various departments, the last being with HMRC. A recent arrival to Lowestoft, he is enjoying, along with his family, learning the sites and sounds of this area especially the wonderful sea views.

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