UK reports increased bioenergy generation

By Erin Voegele | December 21, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released renewable energy statistics for the second quarter of 2015, reporting that the renewables share of electricity generation was 25.3 percent during the quarter, up 8.6 percent from the same period of the prior year.

Renewable electricity generation was 19.9 TWh, a 51 percent increase from the second quarter of 2014, but down 8.4 percent when compared to the 21.8 TWh generated during the first quarter of this year. Overall electricity generation was unchanged from the second quarter of 2014, at 78.8 TWh.

Renewable electricity capacity was 28.4 GW at the end of the second quarter, up 26 percent from the same period of the previous year, and up 2.2 percent when compared to the first quarter.

According to the DECC, 3.78 GW of capacity had been installed, and eligible for, the Feed in Tariff scheme as of the end of the quarter. An increase of 29 percent from the previous year.

Generation from bioenergy increased by 26 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2014, from 5.5 TWh to a record 6.9 TWh. The DECC indicated the main contributor to the increase was plant biomass, with increased from 3.1 TWh to 4.5 TWh, due mostly to an increase in capacity.

Bioenergy had a 35 percent share of generation during the quarter, with 24 percent from onshore wind, 18 percent from offshore wind and 16 percent from solar.

At the end of the second quarter, bioenergy had 16 percent share of U.K. renewable capacity, while wind was at 31 percent, solar was at 29 percent, and offshore wind was at 18 percent.