UK: Energy production from biomass, waste up 10% in Q2

By Erin Voegele | October 08, 2019

The U.K. government has announced energy production from bioenergy and waste was up 10.4 percent during the second quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018 due to increased capacity. Energy production from coal fell 22 percent over the same period.

The data was released by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Sept. 26 as part of its second quarter 2019 energy statistics release.

During the second quarter, total U.K. energy production was down 1.9 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year. Total primary energy consumption for energy uses fell by 1 percent. Final energy consumption was up 1.2 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2018.

Coal accounted for only 0.6 percent of electricity generated during the second quarter, a new record low. The renewables share of electricity reached 35.5 percent, up from 32 percent during the second quarter of 2018.

Renewable electricity generation reached 27.1 terawatt hours (TWh), up 9.9 percent from the same period of last year. Low carbon electricity’s share of electricity generation fell to 52.6 percent, down from 53.6 during the second quarter of 2018. Total renewable electricity capacity was 45.9 gigawatts (GW) at the end of the second quarter, up 7.9 percent from the same period of last year.

Electricity generation from bioenergy reached 9.2 TWh, up 7.2 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2018. The U.K. government attributed the growth to a large increase in generation from plant biomass, primarily wood pellets, as new capacity came online. The increase in generation from plant biomass was partially offset by reduced generation from landfill gas and anaerobic digestion.

Bioenergy accounted for the largest share of U.K. renewable generation during the quarter, at 34 percent, followed by onshore wind at 22 percent, offshore wind at 22 percent, solar photovoltaics at 18 percent, and hydro at 3.5 percent.

As of the end of the second quarter, bioenergy accounted for 16 percent of U.K. renewables capacity. Plant biomass capacity increased by 8.5 percent to 6 MW, primarily due to the biomass conversion of Lynemouth power station. The conversion of another unit at Drax Power Station to biomass also contributed to the increase.

Additional data is available on the BEIS website