Energy Transition in the UK


This morning I was shocked to read a report by the UK’s Renewable Energy Association which finds that the UK met 19.2% of its electricity demand with renewable energy in 2014. This is the result of a 20% increase in renewable energy output over the previous year, and evidence that the UK is joining the rest of Western Europe (with the notable exceptions of the fossil-fueled Netherlands and atomic France) in moving to renewable energy.

I’ve long considered the UK a laggard in this regard, as the nation was well behind its peers for many years. And while it is still behind Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy for the percent of electricity demand met with non-hydro renewable energy, apparently it is catching up. This is rare good news for Europe, where even in leading nations like Germany and Spain myopic political leaders have put the brakes on the Energy…

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