Fossil fuel usage decreased by 4%

Article posted

7th Oct 2022

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Mollie Pinnington

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An increase in renewable energy has prevented an increase in fossil fuel usage and generation.  Energy companies have reported that due to an increase in renewable energy in the first half of 2022, fossil fuel generation decreased by 4%. On average this saved 230 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being used worldwide.

In 2022 there has been a high usage of solar and wind power which has met over three-quarters of the electricity demand growth. This shows that it is possible to build enough clean power to meet the growing electricity demand.

Although the renewable outlook is looking more positive, the use of coal and other non-renewable energy usage is starting to rise again. Coal usage across the Eu has risen by 15% to make up for a shortfall in renewable generation. The UK has also negotiated with European energy companies to keep coal-fired power plants online through the winter. This is to ensure the gas market remains balanced over the winter and minimises energy blackouts across the UK.

The UK government now have the country’s energy security and domestic supplies in mind more than renewable energy. Whilst this is important to ensure the UK come out of the current energy crisis we are in, many are worried that this will come at an expense of slowing down renewable energy integration.

To ensure renewable energy generation continues to improve energy companies and governments need to continue to invest in renewable projects to ensure both the energy and climate crisis are dealt with.

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