UK renewables hit record high

• October 2, 2013
UK renewables

Renewable energy accounted for a record share of electricity in the UK. Creative Commons: Stephen Jones, 2012

New figures from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal that renewables’ share of electricity generation in the country reached a record high in the second quarter of 2013 – accounting for 15.5%.

That’s 5.8% higher than the same period in 2012.

The increase on a year earlier reflects increased capacity and total electricity generated from renewables in the second quarter reached 12.8 TWh – up 56% from 8.2 TWh generated over the same period in 2012.

This was, however, slightly lower than the record 12.9 TWh in the first quarter of 2013.

Nearly half of the UK’s energy came from wind farms, at 48%. Onshore wind farms increased their energy output by 70% compared to last year, and offshore wind increased by 51%.

Other renewable sources examined in the report include solar powerhydroelectric power, and energy from biological sources like landfills, food waste, and animal biomass.

This is the second time this year that the UK has broken a record for the amount of renewable energy generated.

“This confirms what we have been seeing for some time, which is renewables steadily becoming more important in meeting our electricity needs, and wind being responsible for the lion’s share of the progress, said Maf Smith, the Deputy Executive of RenewableUK who praised the report.

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  1. Slugsie says:

    “Nearly half of the UK’s energy came from wind farms, at 48%.” Shouldn’t that read ‘Nearly half of the UK’s *renewable* energy’?

  2. Tom Sharpe says:

    You mean that the renewables’ share of electricity generation in 2013 quarter 2 increased by 5.8 percentage points to 15.5% – that’s 60% higher than the 9.7% figure for 2012 quarter 2.

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