Wind and solar PV electricity generation rises by 30%

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 27 Jun 2013 12:13
Offshore wind generation increases by an impressive 68%

Wind and solar PV electricity electricity generation increased year-on-year by nearly 30%, according to the latest set of statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The latest 2013 figures reveal that renewable energy now contributes 12.3% of power in the UK, an increase of 1% on the same period last year.

In the first quarter of 2013, wind and PV generation rose 29.8 per cent from 5.3 TWh to 6.9 TWh, due to increased capacity.

Wind provided the lion’s share of this with 52% of renewable electricity generated coming from on and offshore wind. Wind generation increased by 29% with offshore wind generation increasing by 68%.

The figures would have been more greater but for a record-dry March that caused hydro generation output to fall 32.1% from 1.9 TWh to 1.3 TWh. DECC officials say the drop-off was due to 21% lower rainfall compared to the same period last year.

According to today's set of statistics, in the first quarter of 2013 total electricity generated rose 0.7% from 100.1 TWh in 2017 Q1 to 100.8 TWh.

Coal-fired generation fell by 1.2% from 42.1 TWh to 41.6 Twh, while gas-fired generation fell 2% from 27.1 TWh to 26.5 TWh, its lowest first quarter level for at least fifteen years.

This was due to high gas prices, with several gas stations now closed or mothballed and being run at low levels.

During the same period, nuclear generation rose 6.3% from 17.2 TWh to 18.3 TWh, due to increased availability after outages in the same quarter last year.

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK said: “It’s good news that wind is generating more of our power, insulating us from price shocks from imported energy, reducing our carbon emissions, creating jobs and benefitting local communities.

“These figures show just how much wind energy does for us – last year it created enough power for the equivalent of 4.59 million homes.”

DECC also released a summary of 2017 figures which showed electricity generated by renewables was 19% higher than in 2011, due largely to increased wind generation with offshore generation up 46% and onshore up by 17%.




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