Bioenergy remains largest renewables sector latest stats show


The latest UK Energy Statistics show that bioenergy, including co-firing, remains the largest source of renewable energy.

Provisional annual data for 2012 shows that renewable energy contributed 41.1TWh of energy in 2012 out of a total of 317.3TWh consumed in the UK. This represents a 19.6 per cent increase on 2011 for renewable energy.


Of this, bioenergy represented 15.2TWh, which was an increase of 17.2 per cent on 2011 and compared to onshore wind’s 11.92TWh, offshore wind’s 7.46TWh and hydro electricity with 5.23TWh.

The total renewable electricity capacity was 15.5GW at the end of 2012, which was a 25.8 per cent increase on a year earlier.

Combustion of municipal solid waste cumulative installed capacity increased by 5.5 per cent in 2012 to 609MW from 577MW in 2011.

Anaerobic digestion cumulative installed capacity grew by 49 per cent to 82MW from 55MW in 2011.

While landfill gas capacity was barely changed at 199MW from 198MW in 2011.