Low-carbon generation tops 50 per cent in UK

Low-carbon generation accounted for more than 51 per cent of the electricity supplied in the UK in 2019.

This is a 2 per cent growth on 2018 levels, according to statistics from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

BEIS’ December 2019 energy statistics revealed that low-carbon generation reached a record share of 51.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity generation mix, up from 49.6 per cent in 2018. The 2 per cent growth is attributed to new capacity in wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy. Previous Government statistics revealed that the renewables share of generation reached 33 per cent in 2018, an increase of 3.9 per cent compared to 2017.

Renewable energy production rose by 4.9 per cent in 2019, with bioenergy outputs growing by 2.1 per cent and “a record high level” of wind and solar capacity delivering an 11 per cent growth. Nuclear output fell by 14 per cent - the lowest level since 2008 – due to the summer power outages.

Production of coal fell to new record lows, recording a 14 per cent decline in 2019, but oil production actually rose by almost 2 per cent, largely due to new production from the Clair Ridge field which opened in late 2018. Gas production was down 1.3 per cent in 2019.

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