UK releases Q1 energy statistics

By Erin Voegele | July 03, 2019

The U.K. sourced 35.8 percent of its electricity from renewables during the first quarter of 2019, up from 30.5 percent during the same period of 2018, according to data released by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on June 27.

Renewable electricity generation reached 31.1 terawatt hours (TWh) during the first quarter, up 9.2 percent when compared to the same quarter of 2018. Renewable electricity capacity reached 45 gigawatts (GW), up 7.9 percent.

Production of bioenergy and waste fell 3.9 percent during the first quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period of the previous year. When examining seasonally adjusted and temperature corrected annualized rates, bioenergy consumption increased by 4.2 percent during the period.

According to the report, 8.75 TWh of electricity was generated from bioenergy sources during the quarter, up 13.3 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2018. The increase is primarily attributed to the opening of the Lynemouth Biomass plant during the second quarter of 2018 and the conversion of a unit form coal to biomass at Drax during the third quarter of last year.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the BEIS website.