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The United Kingdom Broke 13 Renewable Energy Records In 2017

By Brian Spaen

The United Kingdom has been setting records in solar energy production throughout the year. It’s no surprise to see that the area’s power industry is therefore reaching its greenest year in 2017. Renewable energy will keep growing in the U.K. to the point where more records are expected to be set next year.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Britain was able to break 13 different renewable energy records over the last 12 months. A lot of the success comes from ongoing wind and solar projects that are being constructed, especially during the summer months. One of the records broken was in June, where Britain reached nearly 20 gigawatts of generation from renewable sources, more than gas and coal sources combined.

Prior to that, the U.K. had their first ever 24-hour day without the need for any coal generation back on April 21st. With wind peaking during the spring months, there was no need to turn on any fossil fuel generators to meet energy demand. This grew to the longest period without needing coal at the end of October, lasting 40 hours and 35 minutes a few days before Halloween.