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Renewables contributed 15% to UK electricity in 2013

DECC figures show electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 30 per cent between 2012 and 2013.

Total renewable generation accounted for 14.9% of total UK electricity generation, 3.6 percentage points higher than in 2012.

Offshore wind generation was 52 per cent higher than in 2012, with capacity up 23 per cent.

Onshore wind generation was 40 per cent higher, with capacity up 27 per cent.  

Overall wind generation was 45 per cent higher and capacity 26 per cent higher.

Generation from bioenergy sources was 24 per cent higher, partly due to the conversion of one of the units at Drax power station to dedicated biomass; however generation from hydro sources fell by 11 per cent.

452 MW of renewable electricity capacity was added via Feed-in Tariffs during 2013, following the introduction of the FiT scheme in April 2010, taking total commissioned FiT capacity to 2,351 MW.

Load factors for wind in 2013 were the highest since 1998, due to high wind speeds, particularly in the final quarter of the year. The hydro load factor was down on 2012, and the lowest since 2010, due to low rainfall.

Heat from renewable sources increased by 19 per cent during 2013; and renewable biofuels for transport rose by 14 per cent.

Progress has been made against the UK’s 15% target introduced in the 2009 EU Renewable Directive.

Using the methodology set out in the Directive, provisional calculations show that 5.2 per cent of energy consumption in 2013 came from renewable sources; this is up from 4.2 per cent in 2012.

There was a significant growth in the contribution of renewable electricity, while the renewable heating and transport contributions also rose. The UK’s next interim target, for 2013 to 2014, is 5.41 per cent.

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