When you've studied for your GWO working at heights accreditation, you will be fully aware that the industry already know that the future is bright for the renewable energy market in the UK, but this position is only bolstered by continuing good news – leading to more investment and greater rewards from the sector.
This week, it was revealed that in 2017 the contribution of renewables, specifically wind and solar energy, made up a larger part of the energy mix than nuclear power – for the first time ever.
According to government figures, reported by the Independent, renewable sources were used to generate 29 per cent of the UK's electricity, dwarfing nuclear's 21 per cent.
Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director of trade body RenewableUK, commented that this heralded the move to a renewables-led future for the UK: “These official figures confirm that it’s been another record-breaking year for wind energy, which generated 15 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2017,” she said.
Renewable energy figures were up a fifth year on year, with the Department for Business, Energy and
Industrial Strategy putting this down to increased capacity as well as higher wind speeds. The cost of producing wind generated energy also halved in 2017.
Though it's a shining moment for the wind energy industry, the real victor here is low-carbon energy sources, as together, renewables and nuclear made up more than half of the energy mix for the first time also.
Greenhouse gases were also recorded down three per cent year on year – echoing less reliance on high carbon fuels such as burning coal.