In Great Britain, alternative green energy produced more electricity than traditional methods
British authorities reported on the historic achievement. For the first time, alternative green energy gave the state more electricity than traditional “dirty” methods. This became known from the report of Electric Insights, which was published by experts of Imperial College.
According to the report, the country received 42 GW of electricity from renewable energy sources. At the same time, solid fuel, fuel oil, gas and nuclear generators in total could give only 40.6 GW. This was due to the decommissioning of 30% of coal-fired and hydrocarbon-fired power plants, as well as a reduction in the cost of obtaining environmentally friendly resources. In particular, the Great Britain over the past 5 years has been steadily increasing production from solar, wind, biofuel and hydroelectric power plants.
The British energy industry received 20 GW from wind turbines alone, which is almost 50% of the total share. This is the largest figure in the world for 2018. On the second line there are solar panels. They produced 13 GW of electricity. The total number of such batteries in the country has already exceeded 900 thousand. The third place is taken by biological fuel. They managed to get 3.2 GW from the recycled waste.
The capacity of alternative green energy will grow
As of 2018, the Great Britain is the world leader in the production of electricity from renewable sources. However, this is not the limit. The authorities say that they intend to increase the volume and gradually completely abandon traditional methods. In particular, in May 2019, the strategy of state support for the launch of new wind farms will be presented.
To do this, the United Kingdom is ready to allocate 557 million GBR. The government expects that such measures will help to increase energy production from offshore wind power stations twice – up to 14 GW. Also on the Islands they prepare to open auctions for the sale of electricity generated by wind turbines. They will be held twice a year, and up to 2 GW will be put up for auction.
In addition, the Great Britain is also among the top countries for research and implementation of new technologies in the field of alternative energy. In particular, Scotland has the largest centre for the study and modernization of wind farms. Similar institutions operate in other parts of the United Kingdom.
It is expected that in 2020 Scotland will decommission all generators running on “dirty” fuel. The region is actively preparing for a full transition to “green” sources. Today, the share of renewable energy in this part of the state is 60%. Such impressive results were achieved through the construction of wind farms with a capacity of up to 500 MW. Now the government is studying the possibility of increasing the capacity of each wind farm to 1 GW.