Steel River Consultants at the heart of the green energy revolution
New research has shown that renewable energy sources provided more electricity to homes and businesses in the UK than fossil fuels for the first-time last quarter.
The UKs first power plant was set up in 1882, and since then, fossil fuels have accounted for the majority of the electricity mix in every quarter until very recently.
Renewables, which made up 40% of the mix, narrowly edged out fossil fuels, which accounted for 39%. The remainder was comprised of mostly nuclear energy. Of the renewable sources, wind power proved the most important, accounting for 20%, whilst biomass plants contributed 12% and solar panels 6%.
Kwasi Kwarteng, minister for energy and clean growth, declared the moment as ‘another milestone in our path towards ending our contribution to climate change altogether by 2050…we plan to go even further and faster in the years to come’.
Luke Clark, of RenewableUK, also commented on the news, saying that the industry aimed to generate a third of the UK’s electricity by 2030, largely through the development of the offshore wind sector.
This news will be a boon to many in the industry. Graham Tyerman of Steel River Consultants, a health and safety consultancy with its origins in the renewable sector, had cited ‘frequent policy changes’ as a reason for the company’s need to diversify. A member of RenewableUK, the company will play an important part in the expansion of the sector, as highly tested experts in the field of health and safety that will need to be considered alongside such rapid growth. Tyerman is enthusiastic about the potential in the industry, saying ‘the UK is looking towards a green energy revolution – and we want to be at the heart of it’.
Clark’s view that the costs of such projects are now at ‘an all-time low’, coupled with added investment and innovation, should see consumers and businesses benefit from the transition to a low carbon economy.