Wind farms, solar panels, biomass and hydropower generated 29.5 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy for the months of July, August and September, compared to 29.1TWh from fossil fuels.
This marks the latest milestone in the rapid decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity system - earlier this year Britain notched up its longest period without burning coal, which ended at 18 days, six hours and 10 minutes on June 4.
In 2010, 10 times more energy came from burning fossil fuels than renewable energy, but the cost of renewables has tumbled, with onshore wind and solar power frequently cheaper. Fascinated to see what things look by 2025.
This a great step in the right direction for sure, but with more and more renewable energy on the grid, it's now crucial we have the right infrastructure in place and invest in the technology (energy storage!) that can play a crucial role creating a more flexible and reliable grid system.
It is the first time fossil fuels have been outpaced for an entire quarter since the first public electricity-generating station — fuelled by coal — opened in central London in 1882, according to forecasts by Carbon Brief, a climate research and news website.