Jun 26, 2014 - Renewables accounted for 19.4% of UK power generation in the first quarter of 2014, up by 6.9 percentage points year-on-year, according to the latest energy statistics.
A report, published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today, shows that renewables output for the first three months rose by 43% year-on-year to a record 18.1 TWh.
Wind power production alone was up by 58% in the first quarter because of a rise in capacity along with higher wind speeds. More specifically, onshore wind generation at 6.65 TWh was up by 62.1% on the year, while offshore wind jumped by 53.1% to 4.37 TWh.
Hydropower production surged even more, by 77.7% to 2.23 TWh due to a substantial increase in average rainfall in the main hydro areas.
At the end of the quarter, the UK’s renewable energy capacity stood at 20.8 GW, up 15.3% year-on-year and 5.4% quarter-on-quarter.