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UK ON COURSE TO REACH EU ENERGY AND CLIMATE GOALS

The recent increase in wind power’s use gets the UK on track to meet 2020 renewable energy goals.

According to reports from the European environment agency, the UK is one of the few big member states in the EU that is likely to meet all of its energy and climate commitments, as wind power is gradually substituting for gas and coal use and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

New analyses from the Office for National Statistics highlight that 15% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable resources in 2013, and this brings the UK closer to the overall target to produce 15% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. The target includes - along with electricity generation - transport and heating, and in order to meet it electricity generation from renewable resources is expected to boost to at least 30% by 2020.

For most of the past twenty years, gas has been the main source of electricity generation, but lately a quick change to different sources of energy has been registered and clean energy’s use has increased, which underlines the competition that renewables represent to gas. Also, many in the green sector insist on the need to prioritise renewable energies over gas, even if gas companies keep emphasising that the fuel could represent a way to move to a low-carbon economy alongside the use of renewables.

Gordon Edge, director of policy of Renewable UK, the trade association for the wind industry, showed himself pleased with the results that UK wind farms are achieving in clean electricity production, and wished similar outcomes to be reached in the heat and transport fields as well; however, he also stated that the government will have to accelerate the development in renewable electricity production in order to meet the 2020 goal.

 

The gLAWcal Team

EPSEI project

Monday, 23 February 2015

(Source: Guardian)