A quick look at Renewables in the UK in 2011

by Sara Pernas

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.

 

Renewable Energy Generated in the UK from 2000 to 2011 - UK Government Statistics

Renewable Energy Generated in the UK from 2000 to 2011 - UK Government Statistics


 

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