A statistical press release from the UK Government has revealed some interesting renewables data from 2011.
The amount of electricity generated from renewables increased a 33% during the year, standing at 34,410 GWh in the end of 2011. At the same time, the UK generation capacity increased by 3.1 GW – another 33% – going up to 12.3 GW.
Heat coming from renewables increased by 5%, and renewable biofuels for transport, that accounted for 3.5% of the total, fell by 7%. Offshore wind – wind power installations in the sea – generation increased by 68%, and onshore – in land – by 45%, possibly due to the wind speeds in 2011, that were, as an average, 1.4 knots higher than in 2010. Hydro generation also saw a large increase, up 56%.
The percentage of electricity from renewable sources increased by 2.1% between 2009 and 2011, and the overall of renewable energy accounted for 3.8 per cent of energy consumption, increasing 0.8% from 2009.
A full set of renewables statistics will appear in the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2012,and will be published on 26 July 2012.