UK Energy Trends, September 2016
29 September 2016
Posted by: Lee Revis
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) has released it's September 2016 Energy Trends report. It doesn't yet answer the question of how to pronounce DBEIS (I'm personally fond of dee-bay, but dee-biz seems to be the most popular) but the report does give some very interesting insights into the energy market in the UK.
For example, there were 853,719 sites generating energy from renewable sources in the UK in 2015.
98.72% of these were Solar PV, of which 75.93% were based in England.
England had 3,726 wind sites (including offshore) with Scotland close behind with 3041. Scotland also leads in Wave and Tidal and Hydro sites and capacity.
Those 853,719 sites generated 83,549.6 GWh of energy in 2015.
England producing 53,992.5 GWh (64.62%), Scotland 21,627.4 GWh (25.89%), Wales 5,182.6 (6.2%) and Northern Ireland 2,236.9 (2.68%).
Yorkshire and the Humber generated the most energy from renewable sources, with 16,976.7 GWh. That's 20.32% of the UK's renewable energy generation from only 8.68% of the sites.
80.52% of Yorkshire and the Humber's renewable energy came from the 52 sites labelled under the DBEIS reporting category 'Other Bioenergy', which includes bioenergy sources co-fired with fossil fuels. Whilst there are only 6 sites in Yorkshire and the Humber which co-fire, which only contribute 0.5% to overall capacity, it is worth noting this. However, it is incredible to think that 16.36% of the UK's renewable energy production came from just 52 sites.
Whilst this does look promising, renewables' share of electricity generation has decreased this quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Q2 2015 saw renewable energy contribute 25.4%, with Q2 2016 only producing 24.9%. Overall, renewable energy generation has fallen by 2.2% compared to the previous year, despite an increase in capacity. This has been due to unfavourable weather conditions.
The decrease isn't all doom and gloom, Scotland produced enough wind energy to power it for an entire day, this August.
You can find the full special feature on renewable energy in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England in 2015 here, on pages 48-62. The report also covers several other aspects of energy production in the UK, so it's well worth a look.
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