Over 50% of UK’s power output between July and September came from solar panels, wind turbines, wood burning, and nuclear reactors. This is considered a milestone since carbon-based energy production has been linked to many environmental concerns. Official government figures confirm the growth seen in low carbon power production, and the government has supported this objective for the intentions of meeting climate change targets. Low carbon power accounted for over 50% of the total electricity output in the UK in 2016, a figure that rose up from 45.3% in the year before. The increase is largely linked to new wind and solar farms being connected to the national grid, and several coal power stations closing their operations.
In Scotland, the share of low carbon energy stands even greater accounting for 77% of the total electricity output. The Scotts exported a record 29% of the power it produced, and much of this went to England. The nuclear and renewable industry quote Scotland’s figures as fantastic and also give a reliable demonstration on how carbon emissions could be brought down while maintaining a steady electricity supply. Scotland’s last coal-based power station closed down in early spring, and coal plants in Staffordshire and West Yorkshire also shuttered their operations. The closing down of coal-based power plants means that coal now only accounts for 3.6% of UK’s total energy output, a figure that is much lower compared to 16.7% reported in the third quarter of 2015.
Environmental concerns have made energy from coal to be view unfavorably among many energy consumers throughout the United Kingdom; there are government plans to completely phase out coal as a power source by latest, 2025. Despite the recent hike in energy prices, a situation which was partly blamed by small suppliers going bust last month – the average consumers’ household energy bill was quoted at 4.6% to represent 1,237. A spoke person representing the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy gave an assurance of the UK’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and going by the recent statistics; it may be true that the government is exactly doing that.