Coal is still king as major provider of UK energy

DECC logoCoal is still king of the major UK energy sources – according to the latest figures published by the Department of Energy (DECC).

Highlights for the quarterly period April 2014 to June 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier show that:

Primary energy consumption in the UK fell by 7.9%. On a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 3.5%.

Indigenous energy production fell by 1.7%, with coal output down sharply by 20% – mainly due to the closure of a number of mines and geological and weather conditions at some mines.

But coal still provided 32.3% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with gas’s share at 31.6% and nuclear at 24.4%.

Oil production was down 1.0% – due to continuing decline and maintenance activities – while gas production fell by 4.2%.

Wind generation by Major Power Producers fell 25% due to lower wind speeds, whilst hydro output up 9.8%.

Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 4 percentage points to 36.1%, due to increased nuclear output. Electricity produced from nuclear sources rose by 13% as stations returned to operation following maintenance work.

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