Renewable energy use increases across the UK
Renewables energy and its share of UK electricity generation increased by more than 2 per cent in 2012. This further represents the demand this form of energy now holds among homes and businesses.
Renewable electricity capacity was 14.9 GW at the end of the third quarter of 2012, a rise of 42.1 per cent (4.4 GW) on a year earlier, and 4.4 per cent (0.6 GW) on the previous quarter. Due to high gas prices, gas’s share of generation in 2011 in each of England, Scotland and Wales fell in 2011, to a record low for each country in the 2004 to 2011 period covered.
Nuclear’s share of generation in 2011 increased in England, Scotland and Wales, due to increased availability, after extensive outages in 2010. The share of renewables increased in all four countries in 2011, as a result of increased capacity and higher rainfall and wind speeds.
This enables a long standing and positive effect and influence on the UK as a whole. This not only enhances the reputation and standing of the country in its efforts to reducing emissions but also stands well in the UK’s effort for reducing emissions of harmful gasses and substances.
Building a low carbon economy of the future will require an equally ambitious approach to boost the energy efficiency of our buildings and tackle emissions from transport. Though this may be an expense on the way in and making change may never be easy, it is the long term benefit this will have which will make the difference.