UK Opens its First Geothermal Plant

Set to power homes in Gloucestershire and beyond, a partnership between Ecotricity, and Geothermal Engineering Limited will see the production and sale of geothermal energy in the UK for the first time.

British wind farms had a record-breaking day

On the 18th of December, 2020 the wintry weather set a record in Britain as more than 40% of that day’s electricity was generated on wind farms. Less than one-fifth of the day’s electricity came from coal plants and gas.

Air pollution recognized as a cause of death

For the first time in the UK - and possibly the world - air pollution has been recognized as a cause of a person's death. London court has found that air pollution "made a material contribution" to the death of a nine-year-old.

UK to be powered entirely by offshore wind turbines

U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson has affirmed government plans to ensure that the entire country is powered by offshore wind energy by 2030. The U.K. government will be required to generate at least 40GW of energy.

UK to house to world's largest liquid air battery

The world's first commercial liquid air battery project, CryoBattery, planned for Trafford, Greater Manchester will help UK to make the most of the energy generated from its world-class solar and wind sectors.

Britain hits a new record going two months coal-free

For the first time in over a hundred years, Britain has gone for a record two months without using coal energy. This new milestone is due in part to the coronavirus pandemic and investment in renewable energy. 

UK pilot project mixes "green" hydrogen with natural gas

A pilot project at Keele University is pumping out a mix of 80 percent natural gas and 20 percent hydrogen made by electrolysis in a shipping container sized unit.

UK's first converted 'Electric Avenue'

Over half a mile in length, the avenue ‘Electric Avenue, W9’ in Westminster has been turned into an electric vehicle charging haven with lampposts acting as charging points.

UK delivers fastest global rate of decarbonisation

The UK’s move towards renewable energy generation has helped drive a faster rate of decarbonisation over the last decade than anywhere else in the world. 

UK's first zero-emissions street to be trialled in London

Beech Street, much of which runs under the Barbican Estate, will now be restricted to zero emission vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians by Spring 2020. The experiment will run for 18 months, during which time the impact on air quality and traffic will be monitored.

Zero carbon electricity in the UK surpassing fossil fuels in 2019

2019 was the cleanest year on record for Britain as, for the first time, the amount of zero carbon power surpassed fossil fuel generation for a full twelve months.

UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter

Renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr and that less than 1% of the UK's electricity came from coal during the quarter.

Scotland produced enough wind energy for double its homes

In the first half of 2019, Scottish wind generated enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes, almost double the number of homes there.

Largest offshore wind farm kicks into operations in the UK

Hornsea One officially commenced operations this month. The project is the first in the world with a capacity of over 1GW, double the size of the current world’s largest.

UK plans to end of fossil fuel heating systems in new houses

The UK Government has announced plans to end fossil fuel heating systems in new houses from 2025.