Government’s annual “energy bible” highlights record wind power output
26 July 2018
Posted by: Luke Clark
The Government’s latest annual energy statistics show that renewable energy is consolidating its central role as a mainstream power source for homes, offices and factories.
The figures published today in the energy sector’s “bible”, the Digest of UK Energy Statistics, confirm definitively that 29.3% of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in 2017– up from 24.5% in 2016. Half of this came from wind alone, which provided 14.8% of the UK’s power (8.6% from onshore wind and 6.2% from offshore) – up from 11% in 2016.
The publication also confirms that the carbon intensity of the UK’s power supply has fallen to record low levels. On average, a kilowatt hour of electricity generated last year produced 225 grams of C02, down from 483g in 2012. This reduction has been driven by a huge reduction in our use of coal and the rapid growth of zero carbon renewables.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Today’s record figures demonstrate how fast renewable energy is transforming the way we generate power to create an energy system fit for the future. This is a radical shift, and we will see ever more low-cost renewables meeting flexible demand from homes, electric vehicles and new manufacturing processes and industries.”
“It’s great to see that the UK’s cheapest power source, onshore wind, is making such a significant contribution to the nation’s power needs. So it’s baffling that Government is still excluding new onshore wind projects from the market place. Opinion polls show that two-thirds of people think Ministers should change their current policy and allow onshore wind to go ahead where it has local support, and most Conservative voters agree with them”.
The contribution of onshore wind grew by 39% in 2017, while offshore wind grew by 27%. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which published the figures, said this was due to increases in capacity, greater load factors and higher wind speeds.
For further information, please contact:
· Luke Clark, Head of External Affairs 0207 901 3037 or 07973 481 907 Luke.Clark@RenewableUK.com
· Robert Norris, Head of Communications, 0207 901 3013 or 07969 229 913 Robert.Norris@RenewableUK.com
1. The Government’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) can be found here.
Renewable sources generated 99.3TWh in 2017 (compared to 83.2TWh in 2016).
Total electricity generated was 339TWh in 2017, compared to 339.4TWh in 2016.
Onshore wind generated 29.1TWh in 2017, compared to 21.0TWh in 2016.
Offshore wind generated 20.9TWh in 2017, compared to 16.4TWh in 2016.
All wind generated 50TWh in 2017 = 50% of all renewable energy generation.
Low carbon (renewables + nuclear) generated 50.1% of electricity (45.7% in 2016).
Gas generated 40.4%, nuclear 20.8% and coal just 6.7% of electricity.
2. More on the latest YouGov opinion polls can be found here.