How Will Biomass and Renewable Energy Be Used More in the New Decade?
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Happy new from everybody at 1st Choice Waste Management! We hope the new year is joyful, prosperous, and brings an excellent new start for you all! The new year is a time for us all to leave behind different elements of our lives making a negative impact, and start a new lifestyle better our health and lifestyles. This can be done by starting the gym, improving your diet, meeting new people, starting a new career path, starting new hobbies, and much more. In the new year, improving your life is completely down to what makes you feel better and become better. As the years move on, looking after our planet is becoming progressively more important. Looking after the planet more is definitely a way to better yourself in the new year. This could be done by recycling more, walking or cycling to work instead of driving, switching to an electricity-powered car, or even potentially switching to renewable energy. In 2020, you can expect to see renewable energy used much more commonly by business and consumers worldwide. In this post, we will be looking at the different ways that renewable energy will be used more in the new decade.
What Was Achieved in 2019?
In 2019, the United Kingdom reached a renewable energy milestone by generating more of its energy from carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time in history since the industrial revolution. Last year, wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear energy accounted for 48.5% of the UK’s power generation, while fossil fuels made up just 43%. The remaining 8.5% of electricity generated last year came from biomass and other waste products. Last years milestone was achieved partly through the rapid growth of different types of renewables, but also because of a sharp decline in the use of coal power, which was once heavily relied on in the United Kingdom for power. In the past decade, the United Kingdom gas decarbonised its electricity system at the fastest pace of 25 different major economies through a multitude of different factors including subsidy schemes that encourage renewable energy use and a carbon tax that is paid for by fossil fuel plants.
Construction Will Begin On The World’s Largest Wind Farm
As of January 17th, work has begun on what will be the worlds largest wind farm, Dogger Bank Wind Farms, on the coastal village of Ulrome in East Yorkshire. The wind farm constructed by energy company SSE will be made up of three 1.2 GW offshore sites, Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B, Teesside A. This incredible and hugely beneficial project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Norwegian energy major Equinor. The scheme is set to use GE’s (General Electric Co’s) Haliade-X wind turbine, which has a 12-megawatt generator and stands at 260 metres tall. According to project contributor SSE, the project will have the capability to produce enough renewable energy for more than 4.5 million homes per year, which is a huge step forward or the production industry of renewable energy. The UK is a major player in the offshore wind renewable energy sector and is also home to incredible projects such as 659 megawatts Walney Extension facility in the Irish Sea, which was officially opened in 2018 and has provided the nation with electricity from wind power ever since. It’s potential is to power up to 590,000 homes with electricity. The Walney Extension facility has 87 turbines and covers an area of approximately 20,000 football pitches.
Clean Energy to Power All Welsh Homes from 2025
Under new welsh government plans, all new homes in Wales will only be heated and powered by clean energy. In Wales, 9% of all greenhouse gases is emitted from housing, so ensuring that all homes are solely heated and powered by clean energy will be a huge benefit to our planet. The United Kingdom’s government have constructed a target to have zero emissions in the nation before 2050, so ensuring that all Welsh homes are powered from a sustainable source is a huge step forward to meeting this goal. Additionally to benefiting our planet, switching to renewable energy could also save residents as much as £180 per year on energy bills. Using more energy-efficient products will significantly reduce your heating bills, which is a reason for why the switch to more energy-efficient products in the new year such as vehicles or electronics. If you’re looking to save money in the new year, then investing in more sustainable products or switching to renewable energy may be the best option for you.
100% Renewable Energy Will Be Available to 100,000 Small Businesses
As of the 20th of January, gas and electricity supplier E.ON has announced that they will be extending their 100% renewable energy supply to over 100,000 small businesses across the nation. In a survey conducted on behalf of the energy company, 54% of those asked agreed that Britain is not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and 27% of people asked agreed that it is the responsibility of the business. It was also recorded from the survey that three-quarters of people said that we should all support cleaner energy. E.ON already makes a great contribution to protecting our planet by offering residential customers with 100% energy supply, but now they will be extending this to small businesses who extend or renew a new contract with them. This is just eight months after E.ON introduced their ‘Solar Reward’ scheme, a new payment scheme for homeowners wanting to fit solar panels. E.ON are fantastic for customers looking for a more environmentally friendly option for energy such as renewable energy options.
The use of renewable energy will be vital during the new decade with the deadline for emissions goals becoming closer and closer. 1st Choice energy solutions offer renewable energy and biomass in Middlesbrough and other services such as waste brokerage. Biomass and biofuel can have a very positive impact on our environment by reducing the need for fossil fuels. Contact us today for more information.
Ben works for the marketing team at 1st Choice Waste Management, he has a passion for marketing and helping businesses to grow.