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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) report “UK Energy Statistics for 2015” confirm an increase in the percentage of electricity that is produced from renewable and low carbon sources offsetting a fall in generation from coal.
The UK’s electricity supply comes from renewables such as wind, solar, hydro and tidal and thermal sources including nuclear, coal, gas and biofuels. Low-carbon electricity’s share of generation (renewables and nuclear) jumped to 45.5% in 2015, up from 38% in 2014.
UK Energy Mix in 2015
1. In 2010 Gas and coal together accounted for around 75% of the electricity generated in the UK. In 2015 this combined percentage has fallen to 52%, with gas accounting for 30% (unchanged from 2014) and coal 23% (a fall of 7% on 2014).
2. Nuclear energy accounted for around 16% of generation in 2010, increasing to 21% in 2015, up 2% from the previous year.
3. Renewables share of generation has increased from 7% in 2010 to 19% in 2014 with a significant increase to 25% in 2015. Renewable electricity capacity increased to 30 GW, a 22% increase (5.4 GW) on a year earlier with wind and solar PV generation rising 33% compared to 2014.
Sources of Renewable Electricity Generation in 2015
DECC figures show that renewables now generate the equivalent of 57 per cent of Scotland’s power needs, compared to 25% across the UK. Scotland accounted for 26% of the UK’s total renewable electricity capacity.
4. Net imports of electricity were at a record high making up 6% of electricity supplied in 2015.