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26 June, 2017
Clean energy
Renewables smash records
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For the first time ever in the UK, renewable energy sources have generated more electricity than both coal and gas—a whopping 50 per cent of demand. And this summer will be the first summer in which National grid, Britain’s electricity and gas company, will use the grid’s excess supply rather than compensate energy companies to stop creating more power.

This “demand turn-up” (DTU) scheme is expected to save consumers £500,000 over the summer months. DTU works to balance the grid when demand is low and the electricity supply generated from renewables is high.

Common renewable sources include wind, hydropower, solar, geothermal and biofuel (fuels produced by plant and animal materials). Combined with nuclear energy, says Executive Director of Communications & Policy for RenewableUK Emma Pinchbeck, “ … low-carbon sources are generating 70 per cent of our electricity - with wind power the star amongst these sources.”

In 2016, Costa Rica generated about 98.1 per cent of it electricity from renewable energy sources (compared with 15 per cent for the US), reported the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE). Bonaire and Iceland are also running on 100 per cent renewable energy. Like Costa Rica, Iceland has tapped into its generous supply of geothermal energy. In 2016, nearly 50 countries attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, agreed to use only renewable energy by 2050.

The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is confident that clean technologies can transform energy challenges:

"Renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80 per cent of total US electricity generation in 2050."

These efforts will hopefully spur other countries towards carbon neutral and fossil fuel-free energy sources and continue to smash records until the goals are reached.

See who's lowering their carbon emissions here: https://youtu.be/SrmsQzRQPPw.

By: Ecozine Staff
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