UK bioenergy generation sets quarterly record

By Staff | November 24, 2014

Energy statistics recently released by the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change indicate bioenergy generation increased substantially during the second quarter, reaching a record 5.6 terawatt hours (TWh). When compared to the second quarter of 2013, bioenergy generation increased 8.8 percent.
Plant biomass, which increased from 2.8 to 3.1 TWh, was the main contributor to bioenergy growth. The DECC attributed the growth primarily to the increased use of biomass at the Drax power station, along with the Ironbridge biomass conversion. According to the DECC, those new sources more than offset the August 2013 closure of Tilbury. As a result of the conversions, generation from cofiring was less than 0.1 TWh.
Overall, bioenergy had a 42 percent share of renewables generation in the U.K. during the second quarter. Bioenergy, however, accounted for only 19.4 percent of capacity.
Overall renewable capacity from all sources was 22.2 gigawatts as of the close of the second quarter, up 13.8 percent from the previous year. When compared to the first quarter, capacity was up 4.5 percent.