35% of UK electricity came from low-carbon sources in 2014
Low-carbon energy sources supplied at least 35% of the UK's electricity in 2014, according to figures released by Decc today.
That’s up by around 3% over 2013; an increase driven by an 11% uptick in wind output.
Conversely, coal power production fell by 7%, although it still accounted for a third of UK electricity.
Figure 1: Electricity – share of generation from major power producers
The promising figures also revealed that UK energy consumption fell by 7%. However this fell to 3% when warmer temperatures were factored in, since 2014 was the warmest year on record.
A 5% uptick in energy efficiency was the major reason for reason for lower consumption, although the switch to wind power also helped. 100% of electricity generated by wind power is usable, whereas with coal generation, energy is lost when converting the fuel into electricity. This in itself decreased fuel consumption by 1% according to Decc.
Figure 2: Primary energy consumption.
In related news, the Chinese Government also revealed positive figures today, showing that coal consumption fell by 2.9% in 2014.
It is the biggest recorded fall in 30 years, according to Greenpeace, and the first time on record that emissions fell while total energy consumption grew.
The drop was attributed to increased use of ‘clean coal’ and the booming production of renewables.
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Earlier today Decc announced the results of the first Contracts for Difference auction, which saw 27 renewable projects granted contracts worth £315m. Read edie’s analysis of what the announcement means for the industry, here.
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