UK windfarms set to leave fossil fuels blown away

Other | Tuesday 22nd October 2019 | Phil

Over the last ten years, the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels has more than halved from 80% to 39%, with gas supplied power making up 38% of that figure and coal now only accounting for part of the remaining 1%, as an analysis of the UK’s energy mix by the fact based climate and energy website Carbon Brief has shown.


2016 oversaw a historic six month period where more electricity was generated in the UK by solar power than by coal burning power stations. 

Three years later on now in 2019, another landmark in the UK’s energy transition has been reached. Boosted by newly built offshore windfarms, renewable energy has generated more power than fossil fuels in the three months from July 2019 to September 2019, another significant first since coal burning power stations fired up for the public at the start of the industrial revolution. 

Furthermore, in the first six months of this year, Scotland generated enough electricity from its own wind farms to power itself for the rest of the year, and the country, which is currently in the throes of deciding upon an independence vote in light of Brexit, is aiming to go 100% renewable next year, bolstered by a £3bn investment under its Green Investment Portfolio scheme. 


Another boost for the wind power industry came earlier this month when twenty UK universities showed their commitment to zero carbon energy consumption by striking a £50million deal which would see them being supplied with electricity solely from British windfarms over the next decade.

The figures, feats, and initiatives in this article are all testament to the fact that it is now just a matter of years, rather than decades, before renewables will be able to provide the UK with more energy than fossil fuels over the course of a whole year, an accomplishment that will be an even bigger milestone in the pursuit of a zero carbon UK energy industry.

The goal of a zero carbon industry is now firmly in sight and within reaching distance, increasingly propelled by both advancements in research resulting in reduced costs of production for the technology required to achieve it, as well as the rapid emergence of global climate activism that demands it.