A major milestone has been reached on Britain’s electricity grid, as the total capacity available from renewables has overtaken fossil fuels for the first time, according to the latest Drax Electric Insights report.
A third of fossil fuel generating capacity has retired over the last five years, while capacity from wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other renewables has tripled, taking the total renewable capacity available on the system to 42 GW.
This means that for the first time renewables have the biggest share of Britain’s electricity generating infrastructure, overtaking the 40.6 GW of capacity available from fossil fuels.
Drax said windfarms provide the largest share of renewable capacity on the system, with more than 20 GW available. Solar comes in second providing more than 13 GW. Biomass is third, with 3.2 GW.
“The growth in offshore wind has made Britain the world’s leader, with 45% of global wind capacity – and so far this year Galloper, Rampion, Race Bank and Walney 3 have all come online, making Walney the world’s largest offshore windfarm at 0.66 GW,” said Drax.
The Electric Insights report was produced independently by researchers from Imperial College London for Drax.