Renewables overtook fossil fuels in UK electricity mix for first time

Renewables overtook fossil fuels in UK electricity mix for first time
A wind turbine farm off the coast of Yorkshire, UK

A wind turbine farm off the coast of Yorkshire, UK

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UK wind turbines, solar farms and other renewable sources of energy generated more electricity this summer than coal and gas power stations, marking the first quarter in history that renewables have eclipsed fossil fuels in the country.

In a significant milestone, an analysis by climate website Carbon Brief found that renewables generated 29.5 terawatt hours across July to September, versus 29.1 TWh from fossil fuels.

“It is no longer a question of whether renewables can form the backbone of the UK grid, generating more electricity than any other source – it is a question …

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