UK DECC releases provisional 2015 energy data

By Erin Voegele | April 11, 2016

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional energy data for 2015, reporting renewable electricity generation reached 83.3 TWh last year, up 29 percent from 2014, with bioenergy up 28 percent.

Overall, total U.K. energy production as 9.4 percent higher last year when compared to 2014. Last year was the first year since 1999 that total energy production increased. The DECC attributes the rise to output from oil, gas, bioenergy and primary electricity. Coal output fell to a record low level. Electricity generation fell by 0.5 percent last year, from 338.9 TWh in 2014 to 337.7 TWh last year. Of electricity generated last year, gas accounted for 30 percent, coal accounted for 23 percent, nuclear accounted for 21 percent and renewables accounted for a record 25 percent. Bioenergy accounted for 35 percent of the renewables share.

Renewable electricity generation was at 83.3 TWh last year. Bioenergy production increased by 28 percent, reaching a record 29 TWh. Generation from plant biomass increased from 13.1 TWh in 2014 to 18.8 TWh in 2015 largely due to the full conversion of a third unit at Drax from coal to biomass.

Renewable electricity capacity was at 30 GW at the end of the year, up 22 percent, or 5.4 GW, when compared to 2014. Bioenergy capacity increased by 13.8 percent last year despite the closure of Ironbridge in November. Plant biomass accounted for 2.6 GW of capacity, with anaerobic digestion (AD) at 259 MW, non-AD animal biomass at 111 MW, energy-from-waste at 896 MW, sewage sludge digestion at 216 MW, and landfill gas at 1.06 GW.

Additional information can be found on the DECC website.