British analysts recently make a pretty encouraging announcement regarding the UK’s electricity usage. According to EnAppSys, more power could be generated by renewable resources than traditional fossil fuels by 2020.
According to the results of the market review conducted by EnAppSys, Britain produced a total of 130.9 terawatt-hours (TWh) using gas and coal-fueled power stations last year. The UK produced 95.9 TWh last year using renewable energy resources. That’s a pretty significant change when compared to the number in 2017. The renewable energy generation increased last year by 15.2% last year over 2017. On the other hand, coal and gas fell by 6.7% when compared to 2017. According to the review, that shift is only going to continue to swing throughout 2019. By 2020, it is expected that traditional coal and fire power generation will be down to 105.6 TWh, whereas renewal resources are expected to generate 121.3 TWh.
This will mark the first time in history that renewable energy will exceed the power generated by traditional means. A big reason for that is due to a substantial increase in the generation of wind energy. That trend will likely continue because the cost of operating offshore wind energy sites is dropping every day. It’s estimated that wind energy will account for the lion’s share of renewable resources. Initial estimates show that wind will account for 55% of renewable energy in the UK.
That doesn’t mean that other renewable energy sources should be counted out, by any means. Currently, solar power accounts for about 4.2% of the energy in the UK. Solar panel installation is continuing to increase at a steady rate throughout Great Britain, and that trend isn’t likely to slow down any time soon.
Another trend that is also encouraging is that citizens are growing more and more supportive of renewable energy. A survey at the end of 2017 showed that nearly 80% of the people who responded supported the idea of renewable energy. Around 71% of those responders believed that climate change was a serious concern.