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UK reports record level of renewable energy

The second quarter of 2011 has seen green energy contribute to about 9.6 per cent of the UK’s total electricity supply

This is a significant rise on 2010 levels, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

According to, experts say that some 7.86TWh was generated by green energy sources this year. This is a 50 per cent rise over what was produced last year. This huge surge in green energy was of course led by the wind-energy sector. This industry alone saw an output increase of over 120 per cent when compared to last year. Hydroelectricity was second with an increase of 75 percent year on year.

However, nuclear energy also saw a pretty big rise. In fact, experts say that the nuclear energy industry produced about 38 percent more power this year than it did last year. In fact, this sector now makes up more than 20 percent of the UK’s overall energy supply. This is the highest amount of electricity produce by nuclear energy for the UK since back in 2006. On top of that, this increase now puts nuclear energy on par with coal.

Of course, it was gas that still stole the show in the UK. In fact, gas produced about 44 per cent of the UK’s total electricity supply. However, there is some good news to report. Last year, gas produce about 53 per cent of the UK’s electricity. This means that gas has fallen by 18.3 percent year on year.

Furthermore, it would seem that people are using less electricity as well. This could be due to the fact that electricity is getting very expensive. Either way, energy consumption is down 1.7 per cent year on year. This is a nice big drop for the UK, and something that citizens can be proud of.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the green energy sector has seen an increase thanks to more renewable projects going up. As more and more renewable-energy products get announced, people can assume that the amount of energy that they get from these projects will continue to rise.

Right now, the only thing that the renewable-energy market lacks is funding. The more funding that it receives, the more projects can go up. Everyday people are jumping on the renewable-energy bandwagon. They see that renewable-energy can produce enough electricity to power all the UK. It just needs more funding to do so.