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UK renewable generation surpasses gas in winter

  • 23 days ago (2024-03-25)
  • David Flin
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According to data from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit ’s (ECIU) Power Tracker, renewable energy sources in the UK over winter 2023/24 generated more electricity than gas power stations.

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ECIU said that renewable generation reached 55 TWh, compared to 45 TWh generated by gas. Jess Ralston, Head of Energy at ECIU emphasised the importance of transitioning to renewables to mitigate the risks associated with importing gas from abroad. She said: “With or without new gas licenses, the North Sea will continue its inevitable decline, so we’ll need to import ever greater quantities of gas from abroad, unless we cut our demand by rolling out more renewables. The price of gas is set by international markets, so the choice for the UK is stark. Boost British renewables and achieve clean power or import more gas at a price we can’t control.”