Renewable energy has become an increasingly important part of the UK’s energy mix over the last few years, and wind energy even set new records in December, exceeding a quarter of the month’s power generation in the UK.
The amount of energy produced by wind farms reached 26.5 per cent last month, while renewable power sources – including solar, hydroelectric and biomass – provided 37 per cent of December’s electricity, EV Wind reported.
It revealed that wind energy supplied 21 per cent of Britain’s electrical demand last year, which is a significant change from 2010 when it provided just three per cent.
While green energy output has increased over the past ten years, the use of fossil fuels has declined.
Indeed, 75 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2010 was produced from coal and natural gas. However, this had dropped to just 40 per cent by the end of last year. Coal generation has reduced over the decade, producing just two per cent of the country’s power in 2019, while natural gas delivered 38 per cent. This is still a big decline since 2010 when it supplied nearly half (47 per cent) of the nation’s electricity.
As well as being a clearer source of energy, Bloomberg revealed wind and solar power are also more cost-effective than fossil fuels. It reported the cost of wind power has fallen by half since 2010, while solar energy expenses have declined by 85 per cent.
In addition to Britain using more natural resources for electricity generation, the amount of electricity consumed has fallen over the decade, dropping by 15 per cent between 2010 and 2019.
As the country grows more reliant on wind power and renewable resources, it is essential staff are adequately trained to work safely, at these offshore renewable locations by ensuring they hold accredited GWO course certificates.