4.1% of electricity came from renewables in 2012, up from 3.8% in 2011
Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 15.5% in Quarter 2 of 2013
Biomass electricity is up 1.6GW to 4.9GW – generation rose to 17.3TWh
Offshore wind rose by 1.0GW to 3.5GW – generation more than doubled from 2011 to 9.7TWh
Onshore wind now totals 7.0GW installed – generating 14.2TWh for the year
Total solar PV capacity grew by 1.0 GW between July 2012 and June 2013, representing a 70% increase and bringing total installed capacity to 2.4GW.
Figure 1: Electricity generation from different fuels in Quarter 2 of 2012 and 2013
Figure 2: Renewable electricity share of total generation
The Government also claims to have made progress in unlocking technology specific barriers including:
The UK is currently the World’s biggest offshore wind market with targets of 16GW installed capacity by 2020
Support rates for onshore wind were cut by 10% as evidence suggested costs had fallen. Plus better community engagement, seeing an increase in the community benefit rate from £1000/MW installed to £5000/MW installed.
The Government set out it’s vision for Solar PV in October 2013’s Solar PV Strategy Roadmap. This provides certainty to investors, developers, as well as the households, communities and businesses affected by solar PV. A full solar PV strategy document will be published in Spring 2014.
Renwable Heat is to see an expansion of the commercial RHI and introduction of the new domestic RHI (subject to Parliamentary and State Aid approval) in March 2014.
Public Support for Renewables
DECC surveys have shown consistently high levels of public support for the use of renewable energy.
Government is keen to maximise the potential of decentralised supply and local distributed generation in meeting our renewables target. Government is clear that owning or co-owning renewable energy developments is an important way for communities to have a real stake in, and share the profits of, renewable energy generation in their local area.
DECC is exploring what needs to be done to kick start more community energy projects across the UK and will be publishing a Community Energy Strategy later this year.
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