Low carbon power supplies 60% of Britain’s electricity over winter

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The UK must deliver transmission projects at a fivefold rate to decarbonise the energy system by 2035.

Spring has finally arrived and we’re now heading for the time when we’ll be using less energy. The good news about winter energy usage comes in the fortnightly Winter Power Update which ran from 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023, using data collected by the renewable energy trade association. The update demonstrated that 60% of Britain’s energy was supplied by low carbon sources (renewables and nuclear) saving the nation over £15 billion in gas costs.

RenewableUK revealed that low carbon generators produced 56.13TWh during this period.

Onshore and off shore wind, experiencing a multi-record breaking winter, provided most of this generation at 31.4TWh (60%), followed by nuclear with 14.34TWh (36%).

Overall, low carbon generation reduced Britain’s demand for import gas by over 9.7 billion cubic meters.

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