The UK has set a new renewable energy record

New data has shown wind was the highest-used energy source in the first three months of 2023 in the UK. Here's the breakdown
UK wind energy

Wind was the highest-used source of energy in the United Kingdom (UK) from January to March this year.

It’s the first time in history that wind – a renewable energy source – provided the largest share in any quarter of the UK’s history.

The results were compiled by researchers at the Imperial College London, with the lead author calling it a “genuine milestone event” for the country.

The main sources of energy in the UK from January to March 2023:

Further details on the UK wind record

British wind turbines generated enough electricity to charge over 300 million fully-electric Tesla cars from January to March.

Over 40% of the UK’s electricity was from renewable sources, with fossil fuels providing one-third of total energy.

Wind output was 3% higher than what was recorded from January to March 2022, with gas output 5% lower now than in the corresponding period.

What about Australia?

Electricity generation in Australia is still dominated by non-renewable energy sources.

Energy from non-renewables made up 71% of total electricity generation in 2021. This was through coal (51%), gas (18%), and oil (2%).

Solar (12%) and wind (10%) were the dominant renewable energy sources in 2021.

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