What exactly is renewable energy?
Renewable energy can be divided into generation of renewable electricity and the generation of renewable heat.
From the mid 1990s renewable energy began to contribute to the electricity generated in the United Kingdom, adding to a small hydroelectricity generating capacity. Renewable energy sources provided for 9.4% of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom in 2011, reaching 34.4 TWh of electricity generated.
Interest in renewable energy in the UK has increased in recent years due to new UK and EU targets for reductions in carbon emissions and the promotion of renewable electricity power generation through commercial incentives such as the Renewable Obligation Certificate scheme (ROCs) and Feed in tariffs (FITs) and the promotion of renewable heat through the Renewable Heat Incentive. Historically hydroelectric schemes were the largest producers of renewable electricity in the UK, but these have now been surpassed by wind power schemes, for which the UK has large potential resources.
Types of Renewable Energy
- Ocean Power
- Micro Generation
- Community Energy Systems