UK oil use drops as renewable sector grows

by Search Gate staff. Published Fri 01 Oct 2010 10:10
INEOS refining plant in Grangemouth

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its quarterly energy statistics, which reveals a 5.3 per cent year-on-year fall in oil consumption and a big increase in the take-up of renewable sources of power.

The official reports reveals total production in the second quarter of 2010 at 39.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent was 9.2 per cent lower than in the second quarter of 2009.

And despite final energy consumption in the second quarter of 2010 being 1.8 per cent higher than in the second quarter of 2009, oil consumption fell by 5.3 per cent.

The DECC figures confirmed a big uptake in renewable energy following the introduction of the Feed in Tariff scheme, designed to boost the market for small-scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies.

Properties are paid (by electricity supply companies) a tariff for generating electricity from small low carbon installations. They are also paid a further tariff for exporting (or ‘feeding-in’) electricity to the national grid.

At the end of the quarter, 15.2 MW of capacity, across 2,771 installations, had been included under the FiT scheme.

Over 2,700 (98 per cent) of all installations were solar photovoltaics, with the majority of these being retrofitted sub-4 kW arrays (mainly on domestic premises). However, given the smaller size of these installations, this translates to 44 per cent of total capacity, at 6.7 MW.

Hydro had four installations covered by FiT by the end of the quarter. These were larger-sized non-domestic schemes however, and represented 3.3 MW of capacity, 22 per cent of the total.

Of overall capacity, Wind turbines represented 35 per cent, or 5.3 MW, from 63 installations.

At the end of quarter two, no anaerobic digestion or micro CHP schemes had joined the FiT scheme.

The domestic sector has the most installations covered by the FiT scheme, with 2,730 of the 2,771 total. However, these are typically smaller sized installations, and represent less than half of the overall installed capacity. The 41 non-domestic installations represent 54 per cent of overall installed capacity, at 8.3 MW.

In 2009, Scotland had around one quarter more renewable generating capacity than England. Renewable generation in England was 10 per cent higher than in Scotland because biofuels based capacity (the most prevalent sources in England) are used more intensively than hydro and wind (which predominate in Scotland).

In Wales generation from wind was over 3 times the generation from natural flow hydro, and Wales generates more electricity from wind than any English region. In 2009 wind generation in Scotland was nearly 50 per cent more than in England, and five times as much as in Wales.

In England the region with the largest generation from renewables is the East, where nearly half the generation comes from landfill gas. The North West and East account for two-fifths of England’s renewable generating capacity. London and the South West have the lowest capacities.

In England the regions with the largest generation from wind (including offshore wind with landfall in that region) were the North West, the East, and the East Midlands; together they comprised more than 70 per cent of the total. Almost two-thirds of landfill gas generation came from the East of England, South East and North West.

Yorkshire and the Humber is the largest generator from “other biofuels” because of the co-firing of biomass in coal fired power stations.



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Comments about UK oil use drops as renewable sector grows

The AD/FIT take up should ring alarm bells. AD financiers are backing off, waiting for clarity on the RHI and decent FIT terms.
Dr Les Gornall, Northern Ireland around 3 years, 2 months ago


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