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Renewables share in UK grows to 35.5% in Q2

Fraisthorpe wind farm

September 27 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewables in UK power generation reached 35.5% in the second quarter of 2019, up from 32% in the same three months of 2018

Capacity additions in offshore wind and plant biomass, and also a decrease in overall generation, led to this record second-quarter result, says the latest energy report by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The combined output of green power plants stood at 27.1 TWh, up 10% year-on-year.

The top contributor in the quarter was bioenergy with a share of 34% in renewable power generation. Offshore wind and onshore wind each reached 22%, while the share of solar power was 18%. The table contains more details.

Source Q2 2019 output Y/Y difference Load factor Q2 2019 Load factor Q2 2018
Onshore wind 6.1 TWh + 13% 20.3% 18.9%
Offshore wind 6.0 TWh + 25% 31.0% 28.1%
Solar PV 4.9 TWh - 0.3% 17.2% 17.6%
Hydropower 1.0 TWh - 5.5% 23.4% 24.6%
Bioenergy 9.2 TWh + 7.2% N/A N/A
- of which plant biomass 6.0 TWh + 8.5% 63% 53%

The record second-quarter share was still slightly below the result achieved in the first quarter when higher wind speeds led to a surge in green power generation.

In mid-2019, the UK had 45.9 GW of renewable power generation capacity or 7.9% more than a year earlier. In offshore wind, the total capacity was up by 18% to 9.2 GW, mainly thanks to Hornsea and Beatrice. Onshore wind grew by almost a gigawatt with 34 new parks opening in the quarter under review.

The total capacity of plant biomass plants reached 6 GW, rising by 8.5%, following the conversion to biomass at Lynemouth.

The UK’s PV capacity inched up by 2.8% to 13.3 GW.

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