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Renewable Power Made Up 40% Of Britains Electricity In 2022.

Renewable power made up 40% of Britain's electricity in 2022 - but fossil fuel share also rose.

Wind, solar, biomass and hydro are the main sources of renewable power, and overall generation from renewables has more than quadrupled over the last decade.

Renewable power sources generated 40% of Britain's electricity in 2022, up from 35% last year, while the share of fossil fuel in the energy mix also rose, according to a report.

Wind, solar, biomass and hydro are the main sources of renewable power, and overall generation from renewables has more than quadrupled over the last decade.


Fossil fuel still has a larger share, providing 42% of Britain's power in 2022, which was its biggest contribution to the country's fuel mix since 2016.


The breakdown in energy generation was revealed in a report by academics from Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights.


Iain Staffell of Imperial College London, and lead author of the report, said 2022 had been "a year like no other for the energy industry".


Although renewables provide "more cheap, green energy than ever before," he said, the public is feeling the pain of gas prices, which surged in response to supply disruption linked to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.


Britain, in common with other European countries, extended the life of coal-fired power units to try to ensure adequate supplies during winter peak demand as Britain's power imports dropped to zero in 2022, compared with 8% of supplies in 2021, Drax said.


Drax is Britain's biggest renewable power generator by the biggest single source of carbon dioxide in the UK.


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