In response to news of renewables surpassing fossil fuels in electricity generation for the first time in Q1 2020, Energy UK’s interim chief executive, Audrey Gallacher said:
“It is fantastic that renewables have overtaken fossil fuels for the first time – with 40% of Britain’s power generated from renewables – in the first three months of the year. This new record, along with the country’s current 40 days coal-free run, is a further testament to how far our sector has come.
“However, as we gradually begin to exit the lockdown, it is crucial that we base our economic recovery around the net-zero target and go further and faster in decarbonising our economy including in sectors such as heat and transport. And as we highlighted in our new paper – published yesterday – our industry stands ready to play a central role in the post-coronavirus economic recovery and deliver benefits for jobs, the economy and the environment.”