Magazine article Geographical

Silver Linings: Torrential Weather Is Boosting British Renewable Energy

Magazine article Geographical

Silver Linings: Torrential Weather Is Boosting British Renewable Energy

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According to statistics, some of the stormiest days this winter have also been the best for wind, solar and hydropower (WSH) energy. The exceptionally stormy period last December that brought storms Desmond, Eva and Frank to the mainland added thousands of megawatts of low carbon electricity to the energy budget.

'Last December, more than 19 per cent of Great Britain's electrical energy came from WSH,' says Dr Grant Wilson, Research Associate at the Environmental and Energy Engineering Research Group at the University of Sheffield. 'That is the highest figure yet for a calendar month.'

WSH energy produced a total of 14.6 per cent of Britain's electricity across 2015--the highest it has ever been. The storms' record-breaking impact on WSH has helped to bolster Britain's longer-term diversification of the energy sector.

Further, when the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change releases its 2015 greenhouse gas emissions statistics for the power sector next month, the results are predicted to be at their lowest value since 1990. …

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