Record breaking renewables: 30th April 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017 is seeing record amounts of low carbon generation in Great Britain.

At 1030 am, 74% of electricity supplied was from low carbon sources. Renewables (wind, solar and hydro) were providing the bulk of the power.

The amount of carbon generated per kWh electricity fell below 125gCO2/kWh

Here is some historical perspective for you:

  • The previous record for low carbon electricity was 72% (on 15th April 2017)
  • The previous record for carbon intensity was 136gCO2/kWh.

At the time of writing, solar generation was ramping up. By midday, for the first time ever, carbon emissions could fall below 100gCO2/kWh. That would be the first time in history that emissions were within the magical 2030 target for the countries electricity system.

Keep an eye on for updates throughout this historic day.

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