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UK Grid Relies For 62 Percent On Fossil Fuels For Its Energy

Ahead of COP26, the UK National Grid showed that fossil fuels were generating 62 percent of its energy, while renewables chipped in just 6.3 percent.

By far, natural gas is the source of most electricity for the UK’s grid, at 60 percent. Crude oil was responsible for none of the electricity generated, while coal still kicked in small 2 percent.

Nuclear power—a source of much debate as to its clean or dirty status, was responsible for 12.6 percent of its electricity.

Solar photovoltaic was responsible for none, while wind contributed 4.7 percent to the grid.

The National Grid distributes electricity that is generated in England, Scotland, and Wales, and transfers energy between Great Britain and Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway.

The energy mix is the source of heated debate, now more than ever, as Europe grapples with an acute gas crisis that has pushed industrial power prices to new highs this week. Still, countries such as Germany are announcing caffeinated plans to propel the energy transition forward at a quicker pace by moving to end coal-fired power eight years ahead of schedule while simultaneously phasing out all nuclear power within the next year.

Unlike the UK, Germany’s power mix still relies heavily on hard coal and lignite. But instead of natural gas making up the bulk of the power production, the first half of 2021 saw Germany’s mix rely 41.4% on renewables. 

Source: Clean Energy Wire


World leaders will get together in November for COP26, where they will discuss the commitment they made in 2015 to limit global temperature increases to below 2 degrees C. The agreement is commonly known as the Paris Agreement.

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  • Neil Ross on October 19 2021 said:
    Table on UK energy generation is very misleading. Statements like "none from Photovoltaic" are only partially correct. If you look at the time on the table its 10pm ie at night = dark outside so no surprise there is no solar contribution.. During the day the result would look significantly different.
  • Hussein Aliyu on October 18 2021 said:
    It will likely remain like this for a while.
  • George Doolittle on October 18 2021 said:
    The US State of Florida has quickly vaulted into the number one position on Earth for the decommissioning of a nuclear power Plant (Duke Energy, Crystal River Complex) *AND IT AIN'T CHEAP* would be an understatement.

    Of course one of the best ways to mitigate issues as to aging nuclear power is to build build brand new of *EQUAL SIZE* on same site as South Carolina tried to do and Georgia Plant Vogtle *AT ENORMOUS EXPENSE* is trying to do as well.

    Given the push towards the "hydrogen economy" which for every Nation outside of the USA and interestingly Korea *ON EARTH* is suddenly no longer feasible it will be interesting to see if $nee and the likes of Ohio or Indiana or Iowa revisit this push *with lessons learned* as oddly enough the massive spike in uranium costs is very bullish for a 2nd Generation of nuclear power especially given the build out of the 2nd Generation US Navy nuclear Fleet.

    To say that Tesla and SpaceX hasn't shown the way forward on how to build out OEM *MASSIVE* would be an understatement and indeed Florida has NASA and now Brightline as well.

    Anyhow Western Europe is found wanting for usable space, Putin's Russia is an absolute disaster, China indeed all of Asia is imploding to just a truly unimaginable economic calamity says to me these US Treasury rates are going to remain at simply criminally high prices and thus record low yields for a long, long, long time to come.

    *WITH PROPER LESSONS LEARNED*(cough cough "electing a President who understands the unimaginable expense of building Super-Talls" cough cough) i could see how a *PROPER* upgrade of the US Nuclear Fleet be made whilst at the same time shrinking the number of needed current facilities as has been going on for decades could be given serious and *REALISTIC* consideration.

    Long $xel Xcel Energy
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