Renewable energy is now consistently generating over 25% of the UK's electricity requirements, with the percentage raising year on year. This in turn has seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of electricity generated by coal in recent years. With the rise in renewables we are also seeing a rise in investment into the UK and skilled job creation (our focus here at Hyperion). The challenge is to step up the percentage of our energy that is produced by renewables and break new records for new installed capacity so we can displace more fossil fuel generation.
The big winner this past quarter was onshore wind, which increased the amount of electricity it contributed by 20%, up from 6.4 TWh in 2016 Q1 to 7.7 TWh. Offshore wind fell by 2.7% to 5.0 TWh. Meanwhile, solar PV generation increased by a respectable 16% to 1.7 TWh, and hydro-generation fell by 15% down to 1.8 TWh. All in all, the UK’s renewable electricity capacity by the end of this year’s first quarter reached 36.9 GW, up 12% on the same time a year earlier and up 3.3% on the previous fourth quarter. Solar PV accounted for one-third of all renewable capacity, at 12.2 GW, followed by onshore wind which made up 32%, bioenergy with 16%, and offshore wind with 15%.