U.K. DECC releases 2014 bioenergy data

By Erin Voegele | April 13, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change recently published provisional annual data for last year, reporting significant increases in bioenergy generation. 

Overall, renewable electricity generation reached 64.4 TWh in the U.K. last year, up 20 percent from the 53.7 TWh reported for 2013. Bioenergy increased 24 percent reaching 22.9 TWh. The increase in bioenergy generation is primarily attributed to the second biomass conversion at Drax Power Station.

 Renewables accounted for a record 19.2 percent of electricity generation, up 4.3 percent from 14.9 percent in 2013. Renewable capacity was 24.2 GW at the close of 2014, up 23 percent from the 4.5 GW reported in 2013.

While renewable energy production increased, total energy production in the U.K. last year was down 1.5 percent when compared to the prior year. The DECC attributed the decrease to falls in nuclear output, and lower production of coal and oil. Gas and renewables, however, increased.

Total primary energy consumption for energy uses fell by 6.4 percent from 2013. When adjusted to account for weather differences, primary consumption fell by 2.4 percent. Final energy consumption was 5.6 percent lower than in 2013, with reductions in the domestic, services and industrial sectors, but an increase in the transport sector. On a seasonally and temperature adjusted basis, final energy consumption was 1.2 percent lower than in 2013.

When examining seasonally adjusted and temperature corrected annualized rates, the DECC indicated bioenergy and waste consumption rose by 18.7 percent, reflecting higher use in electricity generation.