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Renewable electricity generation falls 21%

Renewable electricity generation was 10.3 TWh in Q3 2013, an increase of 7.6 per cent on the 9.6 TWh in Q3 2012 but 21 per cent lower than the quarterly generation of Q2 2013 (13.0 TWh).

Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 13.2 per cent in Q3 2013, an increase of 1.4 percentage points on a year earlier, reflecting increased capacity.

However, the latest energy trends report by the DECC reveals that this was 2.2 percentage points lower than the record share set in Q2 2013.

Bioenergy generation was up by 26 per cent in Q3 2013, from 3.7 TWh in Q3 2012 to 4.6 TWh, due to the conversions of Ironbridge and Drax (Unit 1) stations earlier in 2013.

Despite much increased capacity, low wind speeds in Q3 2013 resulted in generation from onshore wind falling by 7.6 per cent, and offshore wind increasing by just 7.4 per cent.

Renewable electricity capacity was 19.1 GW at the end of Q3 2013, a 28 per cent increase (4.2 GW) on a year earlier, but a fall of 1.9 per cent (0.4 GW) on the previous quarter, due to the closure of Tilbury biomass station during the quarter.

In Q3 2013, 170 MW of installed capacity joined the Feed-in Tariff scheme, increasing the total to 2.1 GW, approximately 11 per cent of all renewable installed capacity.

Liquid biofuels consumption rose by 46 per cent, from 304m litres in Q3 2012 to 445m litres in Q3 2012, with record bioethanol consumption.

Biofuels’ share of petrol and diesel consumed in road transport rose 0.7 percentage points, to 3.4 per cent.

Under the 2009, Renewable Energy Directive, renewables’ share of gross final energy consumption was 4.2 per cent in 2012, up from 3.8 per cent in 2011.

Over the two years, the average share was 4 per cent, compared with the UK’s interim target of 4.04 per cent.

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