Low carbon power saved £16bn over winter

Over the entire winter period, low carbon power sources (renewables and nuclear) generated over 60 per cent of Britain’s total electricity generation (56.1TWh), reducing the demand for imported gas by over 9.7 billion cubic meters and saving over £15.7bn.

The figures were released in RenewableUK’s fortnightly Winter Power Update, which has been providing regular updates of generation statistics covering 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023, when demand is usually at its highest.

RenewableUK’s executive director of policy Ana Musat said: “These latest figures show that low carbon power sources, led by wind, played a central role in keeping the lights on this winter by providing the lion’s share of Britain’s electricity. Reliable homegrown clean energy is boosting our energy security and saving hard-pressed British consumers billions of pounds in expensive gas imports, as well as moving us closer towards net-zero. Now we need to ramp up the roll-out of new clean energy projects as fast as possible to maximise the benefits of renewables to billpayers and businesses in the years ahead”.

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