UK DECC: Bioenergy production increases in third quarter

By Erin Voegele | December 31, 2015

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released third quarter energy statistics, reporting total energy production increased by 11.9 percent when compared to the prior year. The share of renewables also increased.

Of electricity generated during the quarter, the DECC indicated gas accounted for 34.9 percent. The share of coal dropped to 17.1 percent, primarily as a result of reduced capacity due to the conversion of a unit at Drax to biomass, along with reduced generation at some plants due to market conditions. An increase in the carbon price floor in April also had an impact. Nuclear generation accounted for 21.8 percent. The share of renewables increased by 5.9 percent, reaching 23.5 percent.

Low carbon generation, including renewables, accounted for 45.3 percent of generation in the third quarter, up from 38.1 percent from the same period of 2014. Total electricity generated during the quarter was 0.5 percent lower than a year earlier, while final consumption of electricity was 1.2 percent higher. Imports increased, accounting for 7 percent of electricity supply.

Renewables share of electricity generation increased from 17.6 percent during the third quarter of 2014, to 23.5 percent during the third quarter of 2015. Renewable electricity generation was 17.8 TWh during the third quarter, up 33 percent when compared to the same period of 2014. Bioenergy increased by 16.3 percent, from 5.9 TWh in the third quarter of 2014 to 6.9 TWh during the third quarter of 2015. Renewable electricity capacity was 29.7 GW at the end of the third quarter, up 26 percent from a year earlier.