Innovation and Sustainability: Writer Ellie Chivers Celebrates The Rise Of Renewable Energy.
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For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, clean energy sources have managed to scrape their way to the top – and are now being used more often than their unsustainable counterparts.
This cause for celebration was announced by the National Grid in late June, with zero-carbon sources being accountable for 48% of the electricity we generate here Britain, compared to fossil fuels creating 47% and biomass burning, 5%.
This news is perhaps unsurprising when looking at electricity generation trends over the past decade. For example, coal generation has depleted from 30% to a mere 3%, while wind power generation has escalated from 1% to 19%.
We have also witnessed the first coal-free fortnight this year, and recorded new highs in solar power generation for two straight days.