Renewable energy output skyrocketed in the United Kingdom last year; total output grew 42%, thanks largely to gains in wind and solar installation. The Guardian reports:
The statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show renewable electricity output during the second quarter of 2012 rose 6.5 per cent year-on-year to 8.13TWh, while capacity soared 42.4 per cent to 14.2GW, largely as the result of the opening of a raft of new large-scale on- and offshore wind farms and the conversion of the Tilbury B power station to dedicated biomass.And it was a particularly bad year in terms of renewable-friendly weather conditions, too. Low rainfall meant hydro was less productive than usual, and weak winds meant some turbine farms underperformed. But even in lackluster conditions, the UK still produced a record-breaking amount of clean power.Further evidence still that there's a sensible, achievable path to an almost-entirely renewable energy-powered world.
The increases meant that renewables' share of the UK's electricity mix edged up from nine per cent in the second quarter of 2011 to 9.6 per cent a year later