September 27 (Renewables Now) - The share of renewables in UK electricity generation was a record 31.7% in the second quarter of 2018, government figures showed today.
This is an increase from 30.6% in the same quarter of 2017, which had previously been a record. The expanded share is a result of increased capacity and lower overall generation.
While growing 3% year-over-year to 24.3 TWh, renewable electricity generation was 14% below the previous quarter which set a record of 28.2 TWh.
Onshore wind generation declined 12% from a year ago to 5.5 TWh, while offshore wind generation rose 19% to 4.8 TWh, although it remained 40% below the previous quarter when wind speeds were much stronger. Solar generation climbed 0.9% to 4.6 TWh, and bioenergy generation grew 8.8% to 8.5 TWh.
At the end of the quarter, the UK had 42.2 GW of renewable electricity capacity, up 10% on a year earlier, with the increase driven by offshore wind. Onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) both account for some 31% of total renewable capacity, with offshore wind accounting for 19%.
In Scotland, renewable electricity capacity increased 8% over the year to around 10.3 GW.
"Last year, Scotland was able to meet the equivalent of 69% of out electricity demand from our renewable sources and we will ensure the correct strategic decisions are taken to further support this much valued sector of Scotland's economy as it goes from strength to strength," said Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands.