More encouraging signs from the UK’s renewable sector, which has set another new record for year-on-year electricity generation in 2017. Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 29.8 per cent in 2017 Q2, up 4.4 percentage points on the share in 2016 Q2, reflecting both increased wind capacity and wind speeds, as well as lower overall electricity generation.
Renewables’ share of electricity generation increased from 25.3 per cent in 2016 Q2 to a record 29.8 per cent in 2017 Q2, up from the previous record 26.9 per cent in 2017 Q1.
The increased share mostly reflects increased capacity, particularly onshore wind and solar PV, as well as higher wind speeds and lower overall generation.
Total electricity generated from renewables in 2017 Q2 was up by 2.7 TWh (14 per cent) on 2016 Q2, to 22.5 TWh, but remained 2.6 TWh (10.3 per cent) lower than the record of 25.0 TWh in 2017 Q1.
It’s outstanding news and another boost for the UK renewable sector, which is proving that is can offer the supply to meet the demand. As infrastructure improves, with the North Sea and East coast of Britain at the heart of on- and off-shore development, we can look forward to the share increasing even further.
We may be some way from even a 50 per cent generation level, but the improvement is significant and exciting.
This chart shows the split of renewable generation for Q2 2017. Wind energy leads the way, with bioenergy and solar following. Given the resources that the UK has at its disposal, it seems natural that wind energy will offer the biggest growth in renewable provision over the coming years.