For the first time in history, Wind power has surpassed gas as a source of electricity

May 17, 2023

There is a “renewable power revolution” taking place, and it is working in the United Kingdom. According to Imperial College London research, wind farms generated one-third of the country’s electricity in the first three months of this year.

According to the report, which was conducted by researchers at Imperial College London and published by Drax Electric Insights, wind power provided 32.4% of Britain’s electricity during that period. Turbines generated 24 terawatt-hours (Twh) of electricity, enough to charge more than 300 million Tesla Model Ys, according to researchers, and 3% more than the output generated at the same time last year. Gas, on the other hand, produced 31.7% of the nation’s energy, a 5% decrease from the previous year.

“There are still many hurdles to reaching a complete fossil fuel-free grid, but wind out-supplying gas for the first time is a genuine milestone event,” said Iain Staffell, an energy researcher at Imperial College and lead author of the report.

Iain Staffell, a scientist and researcher at Imperial College who led the report, said this transformation is due to the “renewable power revolution.” 

The combustion of fossil fuels such as gas and coal contributes significantly to global warming because it emits carbon dioxide and other gases that trap heat within the planet. In contrast, renewable energy does not. 

Lately, an environmental non-profit thinks tank Ember published a report that found wind and solar power increased by 19% globally in 2022, a surge that, if continued, could “push the world into a new era of falling fossil generation” as soon as this year. In comparison, coal generation increased by only 1.1% that year, while gas generation decreased by 0.2%. 

That data was compiled based on electricity data from 78 countries that generate 93% of the world’s electricity demand, the report said. 

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