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.