For people in our sector, it is good to see that renewables are having an increase impact on the nation-wide consumption of energy.   This has been particularly aided by wind and solar power.   The very sunny, and often breezy weather that we have been having recently has massively contributed to this.   On 11 June, 70% of our energy was from renewable sources.   As a result, the carbon intensity of producing power – a key measure of progress towards climate goals – dropped below the “magic number” of 100g of CO2 per kilowatt hour for the first time. That’s the level that must be the norm by 2030, according to the government’s climate advisers.   Other important milestones reached this year are that on one Friday in May, solar power briefly eclipsed the UK’s eight nuclear power stations. In addition, the grid recently went without coal for an entire day for the first time, and coal is now is now regularly absent from power supply for hours at a time.

I will write further blogs on what this means for the energy prices and for energy production capacity.   However, it is notable that when Germany announced in 2011 that it would phase out its nuclear reactors by 2022, questions arose as to whether renewable sources of energy, such as wind or solar, could grow quickly enough to meet the requirements of German industry.

Yet six years later, renewable power stations across the country are producing power in such abundance that conventional providers relying on coal and gas are being squeezed out of the market, and the state has to pay some renewable energy companies to switch off their turbines to stop congesting the power grid.  

This is something to ponder on for the UK energy sector as the share of renewable power continues to increase.