New figures published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show renewable energy is now providing almost 12% of the UK’s electricity.
The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources increased to 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012, up from 9.1% in the same period in 2011. New renewable energy generating plant is responsible for the increase. Wind energy made the biggest contribution of all the renewable technologies, generating 45% of renewable electricity.
Hydro generation decreased by 16 per cent on the third quarter of 2011 as a result of low rainfall. Over the same period, offshore wind generation increased by 54 per cent, whilst onshore wind generation increased by 38 per cent.
Of electricity generated in the third quarter of 2012, gas accounted for 28.2 per cent (its lowest third quarter share in the last 14 years) due to high gas prices, whilst coal accounted for 35.4 per cent (its highest third quarter share in the last 14 years). Nuclear generation accounted for 22.3 per cent of total electricity generated in the third quarter of 2012, an increase from the 18.9 per cent share in the third quarter of 2011, due to increased availability.
Net import dependency was 43.1 per cent, up 1.4 percentage points from the third quarter of 2011. This rise was due to the fall in oil and gas production.
The full DECC report can be found here.