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Renewables contributed 15% to UK electricity in 2013

The latest figures from DECC show electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 30% between 2012 and 2013, to account for 14.9% of total UK electricity generation, 3.6 percentage points higher than in 2012.

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

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

Overall wind generation was 45% higher and capacity 26% higher.

Generation from bioenergy sources was 24% 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%.

452MW 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 2,351MW.

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% during 2013; and renewable biofuels for transport rose by 14%.

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% of energy consumption in 2013 came from renewable sources; this is up from 4.2% 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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