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British Wind Energy And Solar Power Generation Exceed Nuclear Power
- Apr 13, 2018 -

      According to the British "Guardian" reported a few days ago, the UK made breakthroughs in renewable energy power generation, wind power and solar power generation for the first time exceeded nuclear power generation. Greenpeace stated that the British government should stop wasting time and money to support nuclear energy and make more use of renewable energy.

      It is understood that 2017 was the “greenest” year in the UK since the industrial revolution. The proportion of low-carbon power generation (nuclear power, biomass, wind power, solar energy, and hydropower) for the first time exceeded 50%, exceeding fossil fuels 47.5. % of electricity generation (the remaining 2.5% are pumped storage and other power supplies), and because of the decline in the use of coal and the increase in the use of renewable energy, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 3%. Among them, the energy industry's emissions fell the most in the industry, at 8%, and the transportation industry's emissions were the same as last year.

      British wind energy solar power generation super nuclear power

      More importantly, according to the latest data from the British Ministry of Commerce, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, in the fourth quarter of 2017, wind energy and solar energy surpassed nuclear energy for the first time to become the UK’s second place thanks to the use of high wind speeds and new renewable energy devices. Big power supply. Specifically, wind and solar power generated 18.33 TWh, while nuclear power generated 16.69 TWh.

British energy industry analysts said: "The British government should reconsider the ban on land-based wind power subsidies."

      Lawrence Slade, CEO of Energy UK, the UK energy organization, added: "If the situation changes, companies will follow policies to ensure that the lowest cost renewable energy can enter the market smoothly."

It is understood that the United Kingdom regards renewable energy and nuclear energy as the direction of energy reform. To achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by 2050 in 1990, in November 2015, the United Kingdom stated that by 2023 it will strictly limit the operation of all coal-fired power plants in the country and shut down all coal-fired power plants by 2025.

      However, compared with renewable energy sources, the British government is more supportive of nuclear energy. It is expected that in the next 15 years, the British nuclear power industry will attract 15 billion to 17 billion pounds in investment. In addition, the United Kingdom has formulated a clear nuclear development roadmap, released a nuclear industry strategy, and established the British Nuclear Industry Commission to ensure the smooth progress of nuclear power plant projects.

      The Guardian revealed that Horizon Nuclear Power, a subsidiary of Hitachi, is negotiating with the British government about the government's nuclear energy support plan. The company said that the policy support plan may be completed by June this year.

      In the field of renewable energy subsidies, after the Conservative government cut subsidies in 2015, large-scale solar and land-based wind power projects were no longer eligible for subsidies.

      But things may usher in a turnaround. British energy minister Claire Perry recently said that it will take the opportunity to hold power and solar energy developers' power bidding transactions, but the specific time to be determined.

      It is understood that the United Kingdom began conducting competitive bidding for the power industry in 2014. However, at present, renewable energy generators such as onshore wind power and solar energy cannot participate in tendering. In the future, the bidding policy will be liberalized. Solar and land-based wind power producers will have access to government subsidies that can make up for the current situation without subsidies.


      It is worth mentioning that, from the data, although UK natural gas power generation fell slightly compared to the same period last year, it still maintained its “dominant” status with 36.12 TWh. Therefore, to go beyond natural gas power generation, I am afraid there is still a long way to go for renewable energy.


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