UK beats green energy record
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The UK has broken its quarterly record for renewable electricity production, official government data shows.
In the first three months of the year, renewables accounted for almost half (47%) of UK electricity production. The previous quarterly record was 39% last year.
Renewable energy production includes electricity from UK wind farms, solar panels, hydropower and bioenergy. The energy produced by solar and wind power increased by almost a third last year.
The country’s remaining power generation during this period consisted of gas (31.4%), nuclear (15.1%), coal (3.8%), petroleum and other sources ( 2.7%).
In June, the UK broke a record 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes without using coal power since the industrial revolution, thanks to increased production of renewable energy and lower demand due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Green energy tariffs
As renewables become more accessible, it appears that households are keen to adopt green energy habits through their gas and electricity tariffs. In 2019, 44% of energy switches through Uswitch were at a tariff marketed as a “green energy plan”.
And with more renewable energy available, green energy tariffs are no longer the expensive option they used to be. Usswitch customers saved an average of £ 267 by switching to green tariffs last year.
Here are the current cheapest green power deals Uswitch can help you get through today:
Based on the average bill amount of an average energy user on a dual fuel plan paying by direct debit monthly, and averaged across all regions. This information is updated hourly with the energy plans available to pass through Uswitch. To appear in this table, plans must be available in at least 7 of the 14 regions.