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DECC releases quarterly and monthly energy statistics

The quarterly and monthly energy statistics just released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals the following:
  • 7 percent of final energy consumption in 2014 came from renewables, up from 5.7 percent in 2013.
  • Renewable electricity grew by 19 percent and renewable heating and transport also rose. 
  • Renewables share of electricity generation (wind, solar, hydro and others) increased from 19.6 percent in 2014 Q1 to 22.3 percent in 2015 Q1 with wind generation up by 5.3 percent.
  • Renewable electricity was a record 21.1 TWh in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 15 percent on the same period a year earlier.
  • Electricity from biogeneration increased 45.7 percent to 6.7 TWh in 2015 Q1 largely due to a second converstion to biomass at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire. 
  • Electricity generated from onshore wind increased by 4.7 per cent in to 7.0 TWh, and generation from offshore wind increased by 6.3 per cent to 4.7 TWh. Both increases were due to increased capacity; although average wind speeds were high compared to the 10 year mean for the quarter, they were only marginally lower than 2014 Q1.
  • Generation from solar photovoltaics
    increased by 60.4 per cent to 0.8 TWh, largely due to increased capacity.
  • Renewables’ share of total generation in 2015 quarter 1 was a record 22.3 per cent, an
    increase of 2.6 percentage points on 2014 quarter 1, mostly reflecting increased capacity.
  • Renewable electricity capacity was 26.4 GW at the end of the first quarter of 2015, 23.1 per
    cent (5.0 GW) higher than a year earlier, and a 7.4 per cent increase (1.8 GW) on 2014
    quarter 4.
  • Liquid biofuels represented 2.9 per cent of petrol and diesel consumed in road transport in the
    first quarter of 2015, 0.7 per cent lower than in 2014 Q1.
Renewables 2014
  • The amount of electricity generated from renewables sources in 2014 was 64,654 GWh, a 21 per cent increase during the year.
  • Offshore wind generation increased by 17 per cent, and onshore wind generation increased by 10 per cent. Generation from solar PV more than doubled; both bioenergy sources and hydro generation saw 25 percent increases.
  • Generation capacity increased by 4.8 GW (24 per cent) to 24.6 GW.
  • Heat from renewable sources increased by 4.6 percent during 2014 (to 2,730 ktoe); renewable biofuels for transport rose by 14 per cent (to 1,243 ktoe).
  • Renewable transport fuels accounted for 3.9 per centof road transport fuels in 2014.
  • Renewable energy provisionally accounted for 7.0 percent of energy consumption, as measured using the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive methodology. This is an increase of 1.4 percentage points on the revised 2013 position of 5.6 per cent.
  • The Renewable Energy Directive introduced interim targets for member states to achieve on their route to attaining the 2020 proportion. The second interim target, across 2013 and 2014, is 5.4 per cent, provisional data indicates this has been achieved, reaching 6.3 per cent.
Gas prices

Given that global gas prices, in previous years, have been the main driver of high energy bills (important because anti-renewables voices usually blame green energy for this), it is also worth mentioning that the industrial gas price for 2015 has fallen by 11.5 percent on the same period the previous year. The price paid for consumer gas fell by 4.3 percent.

More information is available from DECC here.

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