Report: Biomass accounts for 5.3% of Britain’s power in Q1

By Erin Voegele | June 03, 2019

Data recently released by Imperial College London as part of the Drax Electric Insights Quarterly report shows that biomass accounted for 5.3 percent of the Britain’s electricity supply mix during the first quarter of 2019.

The report, released in mid-May, shows some significant differences between the first quarter of 2019 and the same period of 2018. This includes a mild winter with average temperatures 2 degrees Celsius warmer than last year. As a result, electricity demand was down 6 percent.

Coal output was down by two-thirds when compared to the same period of 2018, with no coal burnt for electricity during 27 percent of the quarter.

Gas accounted for 41.3 percent of the electricity mix during the quarter, followed by wind at 21.2 percent, nuclear at 16.8 percent, imports at 7.9 percent, biomass at 5.3 percent, coal at 3.6 percent, solar at 2.5 percent and hydro at 1.4 percent.

The report shows installed biomass capacity reached 3.2 GW during the quarter, up 0.6 percent from the same period of the previous year. Energy output from biomass reached 4.1 terawatt hours, up 0.9 percent from the first quarter of 2018. Biomass utilization averaged 61 percent, with a maximum utilization of 89 percent during the quarter.

Biomass power set a record on March 31, when it supplied just under 10 percent of Britain’s electricity supply.