UK bioenergy generation up in Q3

By Erin Voegele | January 19, 2021

Data recently released by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows bioenergy capacity in the U.K. increased by 3.9 percent during the third quarter of last year. Power generation from biodegradable municipal solid waste (MSW) set a new record during the quarter, which the government attributed to capacity installed in late 2019.

Overall, renewable electricity generation for the third quarter reached 29.4 terawatt hours (TWh), up slightly from the same period of last year. The BEIS also reported that although renewable generating capacity was up 2.6 percent, or 1.2 gigawatts (GW) when compared to the third quarter of 2019, the rate of growth has slowed.

Generation from bioenergy increased by 0.2 TWH, or 2.5 percent, during the quarter. The increase was attributed to record high generation from MSW and increased generation from plant biomass.

According to the BEIS, bioenergy accounted for 12.7 percent of all U.K. electricity generation during the third quarter of 2020, up from 12.2 percent during the same period of previous year.

The BEIS said bioenergy now represents one-sixth of U.K. generation capacity, with an 11.5 percent share of generation in 2019 following the first full year since Lynemouth converted its 420 megawatt (MW) coal unit to biomass in 2018. The converted Lynemouth unit and the four units at Drax Power Station that have been converted to biomass represent the majority of U.K. biomass generation capacity.

A full copy of the BEIS’s third quarter Energy Trends report can be downloaded from the U.K. government website.