Print

UK statistics show bioenergy production increased in Q2

By Erin Voegele | November 07, 2013

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released updated energy trend statistics, showing that the share of renewable electricity generated in the U.K. increased from 9.7 percent during the second quarter of 2012 to 15.5  percent in the second quarter of 2013. While the share of renewables increased in the second quarter of this year, total electricity generated fell by 2.7 percent when compared to the same period of 2012.

The quarterly data shows that 1.55 million metric tons of oil equivalent fuel was used by the bioenergy sector to produce electricity during the second quarter of 2013, up from 1.38 million metric tons of oil equivalent in the previous quarter. In the second quarter of 2012 and 2011, a respective 1.14 million metric tons of oil equivalent and 1.07 million metric tons of oil equivalent was used by the bioenergy sector to produce electricity.

During the quarter, the bioenergy producers generated 5.2 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, up from 4.3 TWh in the first quarter of the year. Bioenergy producers generated a respective 3.29 TWh and 3.02 TWh of electricity during the second quarters of 2012 and 2011.

U.K generating companies produced 82.98 TWh of electricity during the second quarter. In addition to the 5.2 TWh from bioenergy sources, U.K. power producers generated 29.05 TWh from coal, 0.65 TWh from oil, 23.63 from gas, 15.47 TWh from nuclear, 0.97 TWh from natural flow hydro, 6.65 TWh from wind and solar (of which 2.47 TWh was offshore), 0.69 TWh from pumped storage and 0.66 TWh from other fuels.