Wind is main source of electricity for first time

Wind turbines have generated more electricity than gas for the first time in the UK.

In the first three months of this year a third of the country’s electricity came from wind farms, research from Imperial College London have shown.

National Grid has also confirmed that April saw a record period of solar energy generation.

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“There are still many hurdles to reaching a completely fossil fuel-free grid, but wind out-supplying gas for the first time is a genuine milestone event,” said Iain Staffell, energy researcher at Imperial College and lead author of the report.

Scientists say switching to renewable power is crucial to curb the impacts of climate change, which are already being felt, including in the UK, which last year recorded its hottest year since records began.

Overall 42% of the UK’s electricity in the first quarter of 2023 was from renewable energy, with 33% coming from fossil fuels like gas.

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