UK Electricity Statistics–Quarter 2
By Paul Homewood
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have issued the latest quarterly statistics for electricity generation. The key points are :-
- In 2012 Q2, total electricity generated fell 0.5 per cent from 84.9 TWh in 2011 Q2 to 84.4 TWh, the lowest level for this quarter since 1998.
- Coal fired generation rose by 59.9 per cent from 19.1 TWh to 30.5 TWh, its highest second quarter level for at least 14 years.
- Gas fired generation fell 32.1 per cent from 37.1 TWh to 25.2 TWh, its lowest level for at least 14 years. This was due to high gas prices, with several gas stations being run at minimal or zero levels as a result.
- Nuclear generation fell 3.3 per cent from 19.2 TWh to 18.5 TWh. Wylfa reactor 2 shut on 25 April 2012, leaving Wylfa reactor 1 as the sole Magnox reactor in the UK. (Oldbury fully closed in February 2012).
- Wind generation increased from 3.59 TWh to 4.25 TWh, raising its share of total generation from 4.2% to 5.0%
- Net imports increased from 1.53TWh to 3.19 TWh to fill the shortfall in production, as demand increased by 1.4%.
(Comparisons are all with Q2 in 2011).
The following chart shows how the share of generation has moved over the last three years. Over this period wind power has increased its share from 3.1% to 5.0%. Other renewables have barely increased their share at all, rising 4.6% to 5.2%.
With coal currently contributing over 36% of the UK’s electricity supply, it must be of particular concern that six of the fourteen coal power stations presently operating will be forced to close in the next three years, because of EU emission regulations.
Unfortunately we are now seeing what happens when you let idiots run your energy policy.
All statistics are sourced from the DECC