Renewable electricity generation in the UK hit a record 24.8TWh in the first quarter of this year, up 5.1% from the same period a year earlier.
That’s according to a new report published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which tracks energy trends and prices as they change quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year.
The proportion of power produced by renewables increased from 25.6% in 2016’s first quarter to 26.6% last year – output from wind, solar and natural flow hydro was 7.1% higher, boosted by increased wind and solar capacity.
Electricity generated from onshore wind rose a fifth to 7.7TWh as installed capacity grew.
However, generation from offshore wind fell by 2.7% to 5TWh, due to low wind speeds.
The amount of power from solar increased by 16% to 1.7TWh as a result of more panels being installed, while generation from bioenergy increased by 1.4% to 8.6TWh.
Total demand for coal in the first quarter of 2017 was 5.4 million tonnes, 25% lower than the start of the previous year, with consumption by electricity generators down by 32% to 3.9 million tonnes.
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