UK energy trends indicate renewables growth

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its latest data on the state of the UK’s energy scene and it shows renewable power generation continues to grow its share.

The Energy Trends and Energy Prices report is produced on a quarterly basis. Both periodicals are published concurrently in June, September, December and March. The September editions cover the second quarter of the current year.
Low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased from 38.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2014 to 46.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2015.

Renewables’ share of the UK’s power generation increased to 25 per cent from the 17 per cent share in the second quarter of 2014, due to increased renewable capacity and more favourable weather conditions for renewable generation (higher wind speeds, rainfall and sun hours). In total renewable generation rose by 51 per cent compared to a year earlier, though was 8½ per cent lower than the Q1 2015 peak.

Q2 of 2015 showed power generation to have fell marginally since 2014 from 78.84 TWh a year earlier to 78.75 TWh. The report notes a large generation switch from coal to renewables, which will have reduced emissions.

Gas accounted for 30 per cent of power generation during the quarter, whilst coal accounted for 21 per cent. Nuclear generation accounted for 22 per cent of total electricity generated in the second quarter of 2015.

In the second quarter, 151 MW of capacity joined the Feed in Tariff scheme, increasing the total to 3,781 MW, approximately 13 per cent of all renewable capacity.


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