29 Sep Is 100% green energy possible?
With hurricanes, natural disasters and other tragedies happening in our world on a regular basis, experts are consistently warning us about the threats of global warming and are encouraging us to turn to green energy to prevent the problem from getting worse. However, many consumers question whether green energy can really be accountable for all that we do. In this blog, we’ll review green energy options and discuss whether the future really can be green.
In 2015, a record 46% of the UK’s electricity was generated by clean energy sources. For the first time, this even outweighed energy produced by coal which stood at 22%. Interesting, we turned more towards renewable supplies like wind alongside the more traditional nuclear power source to supply our required energy. More recently, the windy start to the UK summer in 2017 helped renewable energy sources to reach its highest ever output. The National Grid confirmed that this was the first time that renewable energy and nuclear power had created more power than gas and coal plants combined which is truly an incredibly statistic.
This successful attempt to increase green energy can be attributed to the UK Government. In the last several years, low carbon power has been supported by the UK government in an attempt to meet climate change targets that have been set. Under European Union rules, the UK has a target to source 15% of its energy from renewables by 2020. However, this is still a relatively small target to achieve and then leads us to question how much longer it would take for energy to become a 100% renewable. Yet, it appears that Scotland is striding forward with its renewable energy production, standing at 77% of electricity generation. It has demonstrated that carbon emissions can be cut whilst also maintaining a secure supply of energy and henceforth leading the way in green energy usage. Also, in the UK as whole, in the third quarter of 2016, low carbon emissions sources of power accounted for 50% of electricity generation in the UK, a figure which increased 45.3% from the previous year. It is believed that this figure was the result of new wind farms and solar farms being connected to the grid and the closure of several major coal power stations.
Yet studies show that there is still room for improvement and as a nation we have the capability to do so. According to Greenpeace, Britain can produce 85% of its power by renewable energy by 2030 if it undergoes changes in its energy production and use. This would be a significant improvement and would see the UK make great strides to working towards a green energy future. Therefore, if we continue to make these developments, 100% green energy could very well be a prospect for the future if we make room for it. This means wasting less power and using energy-saving services, which can include finding the right insulation products. This is where Thermorend can help. For more information about Thermorend and the services that we offer, contact us on: 01656 662 096 or email: email@example.com.