The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had released this quarter’s Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices – and renewable energy has done itself justice! The key results show that Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 17.8 per cent in 2014 Q3, an increase of 4.2 percentage points on a year earlier, reflecting increased capacity and generation.
In particular, wind generation grew by 10 per cent from 4.7 TWh in 2013 Q3 to 5.2 TWh in 2014 Q3, due to increased capacity, with wind speeds around the same for the quarter as a whole, despite September being the calmest (and driest) month in the last fourteen years.
The UK as a whole has impressed, with energy consumption levels dropping despite improved economic performance. The average person in the UK is using 10 per cent less electricity than five years ago, in large part because of new energy efficiency standards on electrical appliances and a gradual improvement in building energy efficiency. Improved education which stresses the importance of conserving energy will ensure people use energy responsibly.This can be something as simple as switching the lights off if you’re not in the room, or shutting the window when the heating is on!
Overall, this report shares some really good news and sets the standard for 2015.