In the second quarter of 2012, renewable generation grew by over half – according to quarterly energy statistics released this week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Renewable energy rose to 15% from it’s 10% share in the second quarter of 2012. Wind generation increased by 62%, with onshore wind generation rising by 70%, which according to Decc is “due to much increased onshore and offshore capacity and high wind speeds”.
Renewable UK welcomed the news and advised that nearly half of the renewable generation came from wind.
Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, said that renewables were steadily becoming more important in meeting the country’s electricity needs, and that wind was responsible for the “lion’s share of the progress”.
The UK had one of the coldest springs on record this year, and this meant that wind was providing power at a ‘crucial time’.
“The fact that we have seen the record for renewables generation broken twice in the space of a few months shows for itself the progress being made in the race to decarbonise our economy and secure our future electricity supply,” said Smith.
Bioenergy has also increased by 58% due to the increased availability of power stations and the two new conversions of coal stations dedicated to biomass.
Generation from coal fell by 7% in the second quarter of 2013, with gas falling by 6.3% and nuclear by 16.5%.
Low carbon generation accounted for 34.1 per cent of generation in the second quarter of 2013, which was a 2.7 percentage points increase from the same period last year.