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08 Jun 2017

Renewable Energy Sources Provide More than Half of the UK's Power for the First Time

For the first time ever, British renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than conventional fossil fuels!

On the 7th of June, at around 2pm, the UK quietly made a landmark breakthrough in renewable energy. The National Grid reported that power from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, hydro and thermal power supplied 50.7% of the UK's electricity. If you add Nuclear to this list, the figure reached as high as 72.1% of the UK's electricity being generated by clean sources of energy.

The National Grid, the body that owns and manages the power supply around the UK, said in a tweet: "For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined."

In fact, our offshore wind farms were generating so much electricity, that prices dropped to a tenth of their normal levels. Many people are marking this day as a milestone in the journey towards generating all of the UK's energy needs through low carbon sources. 

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