December 21 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewable electricity in the UK generation mix hit 30% in the third quarter of 2017, government figures showed today.
This is a record high share for a third quarter but below the updated record of 30.7% in the second quarter of 2017. Earlier statistics showed a 29.8% renewables share in the second quarter of the 2017.
Compared with the third quarter of 2016, renewables expanded their share by 4.6 percentage points, reflecting increased capacity and availability, as well as lower overall generation. Weather conditions were slightly less favourable for the sector, lower wind speeds in particular.
Renewable electricity generation rose 15% year-on-year to 22.3 TWh. This was led by a 23% increase in bioenergy generation due to outages at the Drax power station a year ago. Onshore wind generation rose 20%, while offshore wind was up 10%. Solar photovoltaics (PV) produced 4.2% more power, and hydro generation increased 8.3% from a year ago. Bioenergy accounted for 34% of renewable generation, followed by onshore wind with 25%, offshore wind and solar PV with 18% each, and hydro with 5.6%.
At the end of the quarter, the country had 38.9 GW of renewable electricity capacity.