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Low carbon electricity powers UK

28 September 2017

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New figures released by the government today show an increasing proportion of the UK’s electricity generation from low carbon sources, with nuclear providing the largest single source of clean energy.

Data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, shows renewables and nuclear providing more than half (53.4%) of electricity generated in April to June 2017.

While wind, solar and hydro combined provided almost 30% of the electricity generated, nuclear’s share of generation increased to 23.6% in the second quarter of 2017 from 21.3% in the second quarter of 2016, showing its important contribution to providing a stable source of low carbon generation capacity in the UK.

Commenting on the data, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The recent Energy Trends data shows an increase in low carbon generation, with our dependence on fossil fuels diminishing. This is good news and shows clearly why a balanced mix of energy sources is good for decarbonisation as well as energy security.

“With two thirds of the UK’s currently dispatchable generation capacity due to retire by 2030, including all but one of the current nuclear fleet, the UK will need the full range of low carbon technologies to provide the reliable, secure and readily available power for homes, businesses and public services.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 250 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at or @niauk.
  1. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 27 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.
  1. The Energy Trends document can be found at

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