The UK's consumption of energy increased by 3.2 per cent last year, reversing a downward trend over the last five years, according to official Government data released today.
Increased energy consumption between 2009 and 2010 impacted on carbon dioxide emissions, which are estimated to be around 4 per cent higher in 2010 than in 2009.
According to the Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2011, released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK is switching away from nuclear generated power as gas and coal increase their share as sources of energy.
In 2010 the proportion of UK electricity generated from renewables was 6.8 per cent. On the basis of the policy measurement of the contribution of renewables eligible under the Renewables Obligation to UK electricity sales, 2010 showed a 0.3 percentage point increase, with the percentage increasing from 6.7 per cent in 2009 to reach 7.0 per cent in 2010.
Installed electrical generating capacity of renewable sources rose by 15 per cent in 2010, mainly as a result of a 42 per cent increase in offshore wind capacity, a 16 per cent increase in onshore wind capacity and a 9 per cent increase in the capacity of sites fuelled by biomass and wastes.
Total renewables, as measured by the 2009 EU Renewables Directive, accounted for 3.3 per cent of energy consumption in 2010 up from 3.0 per cent in 2009.
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