Energy Trends: Renewables (April 2017)

Renewables 180417The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the latest trends in renewable energy in the UK on 13 April 2017.

The figure to the left shows the change in renewable electricity generation in terawatt hours in each quarter between 2013 and 2016. A full size version is in BEIS’s report.

Headline findings for 2016 include:

  • Renewable electricity generation in 2016 fell by 1.0% compared to 2015
  • However, 2016 was still “the second highest year ever for renewable electricity generation”
  • Renewables share of total electricity generation was 24.4%
  • Generation from solar PV rose by 73% from 0.8 TWh to 1.4 TWh due to increased capacity across the year
  • Renewable installations eligible for Feed-in Tariffs (all except Micro CHP) represented 17% of all renewable installed capacity
  • Solar PV represents the majority of both installations and installed capacity confirmed on the FiTs scheme, with, respectively, 99% and 81% of the total