The latest data from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s (ECIUs) Winter Power Tracker, shows that renewables generated 42TWh of electricity between 1 October 2022 and 10 February 2023, negating the need for 85TWh of gas.
This figure builds upon the 13TWh of renewable energy generated between the beginning of October and November last year.
Since 1 October 2022, renewables – including wind, hydro and solar – have generated the most power, according to the non-profit research organisation, closely followed by gas at 41TWh and other sources of generation (such as nuclear) at 25TWh.
This has meant that the amount of gas consumption required by the UK decreases with each month, as renewables continue to produce record generation figures.
Wind was a significant player in the UK’s electricity generation last year setting a numerous generation records on 26 October, 2 November and 30 December. Continuing this trend, wind set a new record less than two weeks into 2023 at 21.62GW.
Renewables played a major part in making 2022 one of the UK’s greenest years on record, second only to 2020, which saw several lockdowns reduce carbon consumptions significantly.