The power stations’ output in the UL dropped this year to the lowest levels since 1994. The renewables also achieved a record share of the electricity supply in the region.
The lower power need came up in spite of the whopping 8 million more people in the UK population. This achievement is a sign of more efficient power usage in the country as well as Britain’s boosting economy.
This could all be due to many factors like the usage of more efficient appliances and energy-saving LEDs and light bulbs. According to Simon Evans, the policy editor of Carbon Brief, “Across all of those businesses, efficiency will have been going up. And of course there’s the changing nature of industry in the UK.”
Furthermore, the financial crisis may also have a role to play in making residential and commercial establishments more careful with their energy consumption.
According to research conducted by the government’s climate change experts, more energy-saving appliances have helped save the average household around £290 annually from 2008 to 2017.
Simon Evans also expressed that if the UK continues embracing energy efficiency, the country’s binding climate goals can be met accordingly. “Using less as an end in itself isn’t the point. But it is the case that meeting carbon targets is made easier if we use energy efficiently”, he added.
Another study from the National Grid demonstrated that the year 2018 was the greenest year in the country’s history. This is due to power sources obtained more from renewable sources and less from coal alternatives. The carbon intensity from the electricity generation got down to 6.8% in 2018 and has halved since the year 2013.
Carbon Brief’s analysis shows that renewable sources like hydro, biomass, wind, and solar power comprised 33% of electricity in 2018 as compared to 29% in 2017. In 2009, renewables were just a meager 6.7%.