Historic moment: For the first time most of the energy came from wind farms in the UK

As the news portal points out, in the first quarter of 2023, wind energy was the largest source of electricity in the island country, overtaking natural gas. It is also clear that renewables could play an increasingly important role in the coming years.

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Based on ICL research, in the first three months of the year, wind farms provided 32.4% of Great Britain’s electricity, and their output increased by 3% compared to the same quarter in 2022. The report highlights that it was the first time that wind accounted for the largest share. The share of an equally important energy source, natural gas, amounted to 31.7%.

Other sources of energy mix have evolved as follows:

  • Imported energy: 12.6%
  • Nuclear: 12.5%
  • biomass: 5.7%
  • Solar: 2.3%
  • Hydropower: 1.5%
  • Carbon: 1.3%

The renewable energy revolution has changed Britain’s electricity supply, making our electricity grid cleaner and greener

– said an ICL employee.

As is well known, the UK has a well-developed offshore wind sector which will continue to expand in the coming years. Major offshore wind farms include Hornsea 2, a 165-turbine facility described by Danish energy company Orsted as “the world’s largest offshore wind farm”.

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