Renewable energy sources overtook coal in the generation of electricity in 2015. Figures released in the government’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2016 show that 25% of UK electricity was generated from renewable sources – an increase of 29% over the previous year.
Gas was still the main fuel used with an unchanged 30% share but coal’s share sank from 30% to 22%. Offshore wind generation was up 30% and onshore wind generation was up 23%.
Installed electrical generating capacity of renewable sources also rose by 23% following a 69% increase in solar photovoltaic capacity and a 9.6% increase in wind capacity. Total renewables accounted for 8.3% of energy consumption in 2015 compared with 7.1% in 2014.