UK summer ‘wind drought’ puts green revolution into reverse

Windfarms fall short in heatwave, but 2018 was still UK’s second greenest summer

Britain’s long heatwave threw the country’s green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix.

The summer of 2017 was lauded as the “greenest ever” for electricity generation, thanks to a growing number of windfarms and solar installations edging out coal and gas power stations.

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