The latest UK energy statistics unveiled by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggest that the UK’s low-carbon energy ambitions are beginning to take shape – despite the fact that generation of renewables fell in the second quarter (Q2) of 2016.
First published on Thursday 29 September, the BEIS’ Energy Trends Report compares the generation and pricing of energy and electricity this year to figures recorded during the same period in 2015.
The report, which highlights the UK’s ever-changing ‘energy mix’, found that Britain’s low-carbon energy ambitions appear to be coming together – after coal was found to have accounted for a record low of just 5.8 per cent of all generated electricity.
Gas equated to 45.3 per cent, whereas nuclear accounted for just 21.3 per cent of the ‘energy mix’.
The generation of renewables was found to have fallen in Q2 of 2016, yet data revealed that the production of bioenergy had actually increased by 8.8 per cent in comparison with the same period studied in 2015.
The use of bioenergy was also found to have increased in the transport sector – where bioenergy accounted for 3.4 per cent of all fuel consumed by UK transport in Q2 – representative of a 16 per cent increase.
Primary electricity output fell by 3.1 per cent and nuclear-generated electricity fell by 1.5 per cent, yet electricity generated from solar, wind and natural flow hydro fell by 8.5 per cent combined.
The BEIS’ full report can be accessed here