UK Renewables Reach Record High

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Written By: Emma Websdale

Electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the UK reached a new record high, now totalling 15.5% of total electricity generation in the second quarter of the year – according to statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Energy Trends June 2013
found that the total amount of UK produced renewable energy jumped by 5.8% to 15.5% compared to the same period in 2012, when the figure stood at 9.7%.

1699716010During 2013’s second quarter, UK renewable electricity production was 12.8 terawatt hours (TWh), an increase of 56% on 2012’s 8.2 TWh.

The DECC report shows that nearly half (48%) of all total renewable energy generation came from wind. Onshore wind increased by 70% as the same time period last year, while offshore wind increased by 51%. According to the DECC these growths are a result of high wind speeds and increased capacity in both onshore and offshore windfarms.

Bioenergy generation also increased by 58% in 2013’s second quarter, growing from 3.3TWh in 2012 to 5.2 TWh in the same period.

“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, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK.

“That this period coincided with one of the coldest Springs on record means that wind was providing this power at a crucial time.”

He added, “The fact that we have seen the record for renewables generation broken twice in the space of a few months shows for itself the progress being made in the race to decarbonise our economy and secure our future electricity supply.”