Despite 1% slip, renewable energy generated its second-highest UK annual output last year

Provisional 2016 renewable electricity generation in 2016 fell 1.0 per cent compared to 2015, from 83.6 TWh to 82.8 TWh.

A 13.7 per cent increase in capacity over the year was out-weighed by low wind speeds and rainfall, following a very wet and windy 2015.

However, 2016 was still the second highest year ever for renewable electricity generation (See BEIS  chart).

In 2016, on the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive basis, normalised renewable generation (accounting for variable weather) was a record 24.3 per cent of gross electricity consumption, an increase of 2.0 percentage points on 2015’s share.

Renewable electricity capacity was 34.7 GW at the end of 2016, a 13.7 per cent increase (4.2 GW) on a year earlier, largely due to increased solar PV and onshore wind capacity.

In 4Q2016, renewables’ share of electricity generation was 22.2 per cent – down 4.6 percentage points on the record 26.8 per cent share in 2015 Q4, reflecting lower renewable generation and higher overall electricity generation.

Renewable electricity generation was 20.6 TWh in 2016 Q4, a fall of 13.0 per cent on the record 23.7 TWh in 2015 Q4, due to much lower wind speeds and rainfall.

In 2016 Q4, 660 MW of capacity eligible for the Feed in Tariff scheme was installed, increasing the total to 6.0 GW, across 887,419 installations.

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Meanwhile, Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, faces questions from MPs tomorrow (19 Apr) on rising energy prices and the impact of Brexit on energy and climate change policy.

The meeting of the Westminster Business & Energy Committee will focus on the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) investigation into the energy market and the Government’s response to price rises recently announced by some of the Big Six energy companies. It follows sessions in January and February with the CMA, Ofgem, Energy UK, energy firms and consumer groups. 

MPs will also explore the Government’s intention to withdraw from Euratom, and the implications of leaving the EU for energy-related product standards.

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