Green future ‘fast becoming reality’ as UK renewable electricity generation rises 30%
The UK’s renewable electricity generation increased by 30% in 2013 according to DECC’s annual UK energy statistics, reports Edie.net.
Electricity generated from renewable sources accounted for 14.9% of the UK’s total electricity generation last year, up from 11.3% in 2012.
In a statement released by DECC, energy secretary Ed Davey said: “The Government’s investment in renewable energy is paying off: renewable electricity has more than doubled in just four years – with around 15% of Britain’s electricity already coming from clean renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro.
“This massive investment in green energy is accelerating, with 2013 a record year, with almost £8bn invested across range of renewable technologies. Having a strong UK renewable sector helps to reduce our foreign imports of energy, improving our energy security, as well as helping us tackle climate change and creating new hi-tech green jobs.
“A green energy future that once seemed impossible for Britain is fast becoming a reality.”