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Record high for UK renewables

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Staff writer ▼ | October 2, 2013
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.
UK renewables
UK renewablesAccording to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK reached a new record high of 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of this year.


This is a jump of 5.8% compared with the same period in 2012, when the figure stood at 9.7%.

Renewable electricity generation was 12.8 TWh in 2013's second quarter, an increase of 56 percent on the 8.2 TWh in 2012 Q2, and slightly lower than the peak quarterly generation of the first quarter of 2013 (12.9 TWh).

Bioenergy showed a 58 percent increase in generation in 2013's second quarter, from 3.3 TWh in the same period in 2012 to a record 5.2 TWh. Liquid biofuels consumption rose by 7.1 percent, from 368 million litres to 394 million litres but was 13 percent less than the record 454 million litres in the fourth quarter of 2011. In 2013 second quarter, liquid biofuels represented 3.4 percent of petrol and diesel consumed in road transport.

Renewable electricity capacity was 19.5 GW, a 38 percent increase (5.3 GW) on a year earlier, and 8.2 percent (1.5 GW) increase on the previous quarter.

Generation from onshore wind was up 70% on the same time last year, while offshore wind showed an increase of 51%, due to increased capacity onshore and offshore, as well as high wind speeds, according to DECC. Nearly half of the total generation from renewables came from wind (48%).


 

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