Wind power drives 19% annual rise in renewable electricity generation

Share of UK electricity generation in 2017 from renewable energies.
Share of UK electricity generation in 4Q2017 from renewable energies (Source: BEIS).

Renewable electricity generation in 2017 increased 18.8 per cent compared to 2016, from 83.2 TWh to a record 98.9 TWh, largely due to increased capacity, and higher wind speeds compared to a year earlier, according to the latest data from the UK government’s energy department.

 Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 29.4 per cent and an increase of 4.9 percentage points on the 24.5 per cent share in 2016. This reflects the higher renewable generation and slightly lower overall electricity generation in 2017, compared to 2016.

 In 2017, on the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive basis, normalised renewable generation (accounting for variable weather) was a record 28.1 per cent of gross electricity consumption, an increase of 3.5 percentage points on 2016’s share. (Table 6.1)

Renewable electricity capacity was 40.5 GW at the end of 2017, a 13.3 per cent increase (4.8 GW) on a year earlier, largely due to increased wind (both onshore and offshore) and solar PV capacity.

 Quarter 4 2017 Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 30.2 per cent in 2017 Q4, up 8.2 percentage points on the 22.0 per cent share in 2016 Q4, reflecting higher renewable generation and slightly lower overall electricity generation.

Renewable electricity generation was 27.7 TWh in 2017 Q4, an increase of 35 per cent on 20.5 TWh in 2016 Q4. This was driven by record onshore and offshore wind generation, a result of increased capacity, and higher wind speeds in 2017 Q4 compared to the particularly low wind speeds recorded in 2016 Q4.

 In 2017 Q4, 207 MW of capacity eligible for the Feed in Tariff scheme was installed, increasing total FiTs capacity to 6.3 GW, across 923,029 installations.

13 Apr 2018

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