In the past decades, the electricity output from renewables has increased rapidly in the United Kingdom. In summer 2019, the United Kingdom became the first large economy globally to enact a carbon neutrality law, which would see greenhouse gas emissions reduced to net-zero by 2050. To reach the said target, furthering the use of renewable energies is paramount.
Overall increase in renewable energy production
While renewables provide nearly a third of the country's power, almost half of all this is generated by wind energy. Wind power experienced the highest growth rates, with both onshore and offshore wind farms generating over 32 terawatt-hours of electricity in 2019. By comparison, in 2000, the combined onshore and offshore wind power production amounted to 965 gigawatt-hours of electricity. The growth in energy production is also reflected in the number of renewable facilities. In 2019, renewable energy generation had seen an increase in its number of sites in many of its sources, totaling more than a million sites. Unsurprisingly, wind power plant capacity was 24 gigawatts and solar photovoltaic sites offered a cumulative capacity of 13.6 gigawatts in 2020.
Britain's second biggest source of renewable electricity
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