You can’t deny that the UK is consuming more energy than ever before and between 2005 and 2030, it’s expected to have increased by an astonishing 50%. This is mainly down to the growing population and our increased demand for energy.
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An insight to fossil fuels
Across Britain, fossil fuels have some of the highest uses. Made up of natural gas and coal, it is a reliable form of energy that has supplied both domestic and commercial needs for many years.
Believe it or not, three large coal power stations shut their doors last year which led to coal-electricity generation dropping to 9.2% from 22.6%. Now at its lowest output in 80 years.
2. Natural gas
This is referred to as one of the most reliable energy sources and can be used to power almost anything. The presence of gas fired power stations was up 45% between 2015 and 2016. This could be down to the collapse of coal generated energy.
When looking at how much carbon dioxide is produced by natural gas, we found that it was 45% less than coal and 30% less than oil. This shows that the impact that it has on the environment is not as extreme as alternate forms of fuel.
Gas can be used for a lot of reasons. It has its own purpose domestically for cooking, heating and drying as well as being able to generate electric power, power vehicles, produce plastics and many more useful purposes.
An insight to renewable energy
Britain is currently thriving on the thought of renewable energy. Many countries are investing in solar panels and wind farms to generate electricity in new ways. However, many believe that these are less reliable sources of energy and we could never be 100% reliant on them.
1. Wind power
By using wind farms, we must be conscious that it depends on the power of the wind. In 2016, it was reported that windfarms across the UK generated more electricity that coal power plants and were able to produce more power than solar panels.
Solar power has been a recent hit with Brits too. Currently, the UK is leading in Europe with the growth of solar energy produced. In the entirety of Europe, solar provides 4% of all electricity demand. However, following the UKs government’s decision to cut incentives for householders to fit solar panel and for solar farms to be built, the amount of solar power installed in 2016 fell by around 50% compared to the year before.
An insight to nuclear power
There’s a lot of nuclear power here in the UK. In June 2017, it was reported that it accounted for 23.2% of energy generated in the UK. This source of energy is also reliable as it can provide power whenever it is needed. It does not emit carbon dioxide but can be harmful if there are any accidents on site.
Although renewable energy is on the rise, it is not always able to provide power and this can be problematic in some situations. From the information gathered, it appears that natural gas is the most reliable, accessible and resilient supply of energy around the globe.