Electricity from renewable sources increased 30 per cent over 2013 to account for 14.9 per cent of total generation, government figures reveal
The increased share marks a rise of 3.6 percentage points on 2012, when renewables made up 11.3 per cent of total electricity generation, according to the latest energy statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Offshore wind generation increased by 50 per cent, and onshore wind output increased by 40 per cent. Importantly, both the offshore and onshore wind load factors – 37.5 per cent and 27.9 per cent respectively – exceeded or equalled the 27.9 per cent recorded by gas power plants, suggesting wind power can deliver significantly higher levels of efficiency than critics say
Installed electrical generating capacity of renewable sources also rose by 4.2GW in 2013, mainly as a result of a 27 per cent increase of 1.6GW in onshore wind capacity and a 59 per cent increase in solar photovoltaic capacity that added a further 1GW.
Bioenergy capacity also increased by 27 per cent or 800MW as a number of previously coal-fired power plants converted to biomass.
Things are looking greener..