UK’s renewable generation soars by 39% year-on-year in third quarter of 2019

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In statistics published today, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reveals a surge in clean energy that was driven by strong growth from wind and hydro power.

Energy production and consumption

Highlights for the three-month period from June 2019 to August 2019, compared to the
same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis fell by 1.9%, on
    a temperature-adjusted basis consumption fell by 1.0%.
  • Indigenous energy production rose by 0.3%, with rises in oil, bioenergy,
    wind and hydro output offset by falls in output from coal, gas, nuclear and
    solar.
  • Electricity generation by Major Power Producers down 2.4%, with coal down
    23% and gas down 5.2%. Renewables up 39%, boosted by strong growth
    from wind and hydro.
  • Gas provided 47.3% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with
    renewables at 31.7%, nuclear at 19.3%, and coal at 1.0%.
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up
    1.5 percentage points to 51.0%, while fossil fuel share of electricity generation stood at 48.5%.

Energy prices

Highlights for October 2019 compared to September 2019:

  • Petrol prices down 0.1 pence per litre on month, while diesel prices up
    0.6 pence per litre