A report by Carbon Brief on Monday 14 October headlines that “UK renewables generate more electricity than fossil fuels for first time” — an exciting prospect. Digging deeper, the picture is more complex.
The report concerns the third quarter of 2019, and it shows “renewables” a hairline over fossil fuels in generation, each contributing roughly two fifths, and nuclear the final fifth.
But generation is not the same as consumption. The UK is a net importer of electricity, with fossil fuels providing a greater share in the imports.
And counted in the renewables is biomass, which is not “low