Renewable generation in the UK grew by 56% to 12.8TWh in the second quarter of 2013 with its share of electricity generation up 5% from the same period in 2012 to a record 15%.
Figures from DECC’s Energy Trends report reveal biomass saw a 58% hike to 5.2TWh on the back of Tilbury’s return to operations and the conversion of Ironbridge and one unit of Drax coal stations to dedicated biomass.
Wind generation increased by 62% – with onshore up 70% to 3.8TWh – due to increased capacity and high wind speeds. Solar and wave & tidal saw a 22% increase while hydro was up 29%.
Renewable electricity capacity was 19.5GW at the end of the second quarter, a 38% or 5.3GW rise on the year-ago period.