UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Report

The UK Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications were published on June 30 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes.

The June edition of Energy Trends also includes articles on: “Renewable energy in 2010” and “Sub-national road transport consumption statistics for 2009”.

Quarterly Energy Prices covers prices to domestic and industrial consumers, prices of oil products and comparisons of international fuel prices. Also published today is the first report from the National Energy Efficiency Data-framework (NEED) which provides new detailed data on home energy use and energy efficiency.

Here is an interesting highlight from the DECC:

  • Fuel used by generators in the first quarter of 2011 was 2.8 per cent lower than in the first quarter of 2010.
  • The supply from coal and nuclear in the first quarter of 2011 rose by 7.1 per cent and 6.9 per cent respectively, while gas decreased by 19.9 per cent. Wind, hydro and other renewables’ supply rose by 27.4 per cent, within which hydro energy increased by 56.1 per cent and wind by 37.0 per cent.
  • Total electricity supplied by all generators in the first quarter of 2011 was 2.0 per cent lower than a year earlier.
  • Final consumption of electricity fell by 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2011. Domestic use decreased by 4.8 per cent whilst consumption by commercial, public administration, transport and agriculture was down by 7.0 per cent. Industrial use was up by 5.3 per cent.

A special feature in the June 2011 edition of Energy Trends looks at Renewable energy in 2010. It includes summary renewables statistics for 2010, which are published for the first time. A full set of renewables statistics will appear in the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2011, which will be published on 28 July 2011. The main features of the latest statistics are:

The amount of electricity generated from renewables sources in 2010 was 25,734 GWh, a 2.2 per cent increase during the year.

Offshore wind generation increased by 75 per cent, but onshore wind generation fell by 6 per cent. Generation capacity increased by nearly 1.2 GW (15 per cent).

Heat from renewable sources increased by 17 per cent during 2010 (to 1,212 ktoe); renewable biofuels for transport also increased by 17 per cent (to 1,214 ktoe).

Renewable energy provisionally accounted for 3.3 per cent of energy consumption, as measured using the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive methodology.

This is an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the 2009 position of 3.0 per cent.

A number of weather factors had a major impact on renewable electricity generation during 2010; rainfall was 63 per cent lower than in 2009, making it the driest year since 2003, and average wind speeds were at their lowest level this century. Whilst these factors affect the raw 2010 outputs of renewables, the key Directive measures use a normalisation approach to smooth the year on year impacts of variable wind and rain.

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Picture of a UK Pound by Mukumbura

Monday 4th July 2011


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