UK bioenergy capacity, generation up in 2017

By Erin Voegele | April 06, 2018

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released provisional 2017 energy data, reporting renewable energy generation reached a record high of 98.9 terawatt hours (TWh) last year, up 18.8 percent when compared to 2016.

The renewables’ share of electricity generation in the U.K. was 29.4 percent last year, second only to gas. Overall renewable energy capacity reached 40.5 GW by the end of 2017, up 13.3 percent when compared to 2016. Bioenergy capacity increased by 4.2 percent, or 241 MW, last year. The increase in bioenergy capacity is primarily due to a 145 MW plant biomass capacity increase.

Total energy production reached 125.8 million metric tons of oil equivalent last year, up 0.4 percent when compared to the previous year. Production of bioenergy and waste reached 12 million metric tons of oil equivalent, up 11.2 percent when compared to 2016.

According to the U.K. government, electricity generation from bioenergy, including cofiring, reached 31.8 TWh last year, up 5.9 percent when compared to 2016.

In 2017, 32 percent of U.K. renewables generation was from bioenergy, with 29 percent from onshore wind, 21 percent from offshore wind, 12 percent from solar photovoltaic and 6 percent from hydro.