Renewables and climate change


There’s NO getting away from it. Anyone can tell in recent years the weather is a little more unpredictable, ranging from the beast from the east to the UK’s warmest day on record in February 2019 where temperatures reached a staggering 20.6C.

2018 was the hottest ever year on record From floods in the UK to droughts, storms and sea-level rise displacing millions of the world’s poorest people. Climate change is happening now; it’s plain to see the image represents average temperatures in the UK from 1850 to 2018. Interestingly they go from mainly blue to red. This colour banding represents the average temperature each year and is a visual confirmation of how the earth is warming up.

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Yet there are clear signs of change

The tide is most defiantly turning with a global movement of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things in the fight to protect our planet, almost every country in the world have now committed to limit global warming – by signing the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement push for cleaner, greener, renewable energy.

The switch to renewable energy is happening at breathtaking speed. With costs rapidly declining, renewable energy is by far the best choice for the environment and the economy.

74% of US coal production is NOW more expensive than wind & solar production

Why renewable energy sources are the future


We can now see a future where almost all our electricity comes from the wind, wave and sun. We’re already making progress. In just six years the UK has increased its renewable electricity output from 7% to 25%. What’s more, Scotland expects to generate enough renewable energy to power all its electricity needs by 2020.

As energy prices have increased and almost doubled in the past decade, in that same period of time, renewable energy products have halved in price.

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Renewables

We must act to stop burning coal, oil and gas – fossil fuels that heat our atmosphere. The UK has pledged to prevent global warming from spiralling out of control – by signing the 2015 Paris Agreement. The UK is legally bound by its own law to cut emissions by 80% by 2050.

Around 75% of our electricity must come from clean energy sources by 2030. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. With new nuclear power looking very expensive, and new gas too polluting, there’s only one major source of power we can turn to: Renewables.

ECOCUTE Renewable ElectricityGeneration Facts & Figures

14,000,001

Units of electricity our customers have generated from their Ecocute-provided solar panels

2,100,000

Units of electricity our customers have stored in their homes and NOT sent back to the grid

168,000

Is the equivalent power generated by our wonderful Ecocute customers to kettle boils per day

10,000

Tons of CO2 PER DAY that our Ecocute customers save from polluting the Earth's atmosphere

GLOBAL Renewable ElectricityGeneration Facts & Figures

33

percent of UK electricity came from renewables in 2018

90

percent drop in Solar PV costs globally since 2009

84

percent of the general public support renewable energy

14

Renewable Energy Production World Ranking for the UK

What will the future energy grid look like?

The UK energy grid relies on a small number of power stations. Our future electricity system will consist of lots of renewables and decreasing amounts of natural gas. It will be much more diverse. So if something goes wrong with one part of the system, it is far less of a threat to our overall energy security.

A large chunk of power will come from sources, like the sun and wind. And a smaller percentage from tidal, hydro and geothermal. Our grid will become smarter to match supply and demand – reducing costs while keeping our lights on. Electric cars and battery storage will stockpile electricity for when we most need it.

See how the UK transformed its electricity supply in just a decade


This interactive article shows how the UK has transformed its electricity supply in just a decade – more importantly, how things are expected to continue changing.

To tell this story of unprecedented change, Carbon Brief has mapped every power plant in the UK, in each year since 2008, as well as taken a look into the future. From the smallest solar rooftop to the largest coal-fired giant, this UK map is the most comprehensive ever published, containing nearly 3,000 larger sites and more than 800,000 smaller ones.

Scroll through the years to see how – and why – the map has changed. Skip to the end for the full interactive map and the Mythology behind the data.

Back in 2008, as the Climate Change Act was becoming law, some four-fifths of the UK’s electricity came from fossil fuels – and climate campaigners were resisting plans for a new fleet of coal-fired power stations. Emissions from the sector had barely changed for years, making it the largest contributor to the UK’s total emissions by far.

Since then, the UK has cleaned up its electricity mix faster than any other major world economy. Coal-fired power has virtually disappeared, and even gas use is down by a quarter. Instead, the country now gets more than half of its electricity from low-carbon sources, such as solar, wind and nuclear. Renewables have filled the gap left by fossil fuels, along with falling electricity demand.

All this means the government’s targets to phase out coal by 2025 and largely decarbonise the grid by 2030 could be met years ahead of schedule. The grid in Great Britain recently ran for a record 18 days straight without burning coal – the first time this has happened since 1882– and coal now generates less than 5%of the mix overall.

This is the story of the policy decisions and other developments behind the UK electricity sector’s decade of transformation.

Are renewable energy sources cost-effective?


Shifting to renewable electricity will NOT cost the EARTH

The price of renewable energy as rapidly fell. Globally, solar costs have dropped by over 90% since 2009.

In many parts of the world, wind and solar are now the cheapest sources of new electricity.

In the UK, onshore wind is the cheapest new power source available. With large-scale solar likely to be cheaper than new gas within the next few years.

UK offshore wind is also plummeting in price too. New offshore wind farms will be far cheaper than new nuclear power stations – and as cheap new gas generation too.

Batteries – that balance and store energy have also tumbled in price.

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Are renewable energy sources reliable?Will the lights go out?


Blackouts have little to do with the source of power. They’re not caused by the unpredictable ups and downs of renewable energy.

The grid is used to coping with surges and falls in demand. At half time in England’s 1990 World Cup semi-final, millions of fans brewed half-time cuppas. This caused the largest spike in demand for electricity to date, at a power-popping 2,800 megawatts.

Germany and Denmark – frontrunners in renewable electricity – have the two most reliable energy grids in Europe. They experience a lot fewer power outages than the UK does.

Most blackouts happen when something catastrophic goes wrong like a major accident or extreme weather event. In 2015 severe flooding in Lancashire knocked out substations and power lines.

Climate change will NO doubt increase future extreme weather – that’s more reason to shift to renewables and exceed our climate goals.

Switching to renewable energy is EASY


Switching to clean green renewable energy, is far easier than most of us think. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go out and buy an array of solar panels for your roof, a wind turbine for your garden and a Tesla electric car. It simply means you can make a difference by switching to a renewable energy supplier, that provides energy from -100% renewable electricity & 100% carbon offset gas, renewable electricity is from the sun, wind and water, and gas is 100% carbon offset at no additional cost.

NO NUKES, NO COAL, NO FRACKING

Every household that switches will save on average, every year, 3.5 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. That’s like planting 1,770 trees.

Once you’ve chosen a preferred supplier, you can relax safe in the knowledge that your carbon footprint has just got a lot smaller. Boiling the kettle will have never felt so good.

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