How Renewable Energy Is A Game Changer For UK Amid Covid-19 Crisis ?

• In 2020, the power generated from renewable sources in the UK was more than the fossil fuel sources for the first time ever, according to a recent report by independent climate thinktank Ember.

• Renewable energy generation reached new heights in 2020 and provided more than 40% share for the first time till Q3 2020 starting from Q1, highlighted Ember’s report.

• According to the National Grid Electricity Systems Operator, an investor-owned energy company, in the UK, the average carbon intensity fell to 181g of CO₂ per kilowatt hour in 2020. This was 66% lower than the figure seven years ago. Carbon intensity refers to the amount of carbon, measured by weight, emitted per unit of energy consumed.

• In 2020, Britain saw the longest run of coal-free power that lasted 68 days (or 1,630 hours) between 10 April and 16 June. This was the longest coal-free period since the industrial revolution in Britain. In total, the country produced coal-free power for over 5,147 hours in 2020, as compared with 3,666 hours in 2019 and 1,856 hours in 2018. 

• The latest energy mix has seen massive decarbonisation in the past few years, thanks to the conscious efforts that the UK government has made.

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