UK Energy Stats For 2015
By Paul Homewood
DECC have just published provisional energy stats for last year.
1) Electricity generation from coal has fallen sharply, from 101 to 76 TWh, with the nuclear, wind, solar and bio all helping to fill the gap.
Nuclear generation is basically back to where it was in 2013, following plant shutdowns for maintenance in 2014.
Total generation is effectively unchanged.
Fossil fuels still account for 54% of all generation.
2) Fossil fuels still dominate primary energy consumption.
Hydro/wind/solar barely register with only 2%.
Total energy consumption is 0.5% up on 2014, partly due to colder weather. The pace of reduction has slowed since 2011.
3) Emissions of “greenhouse gases” have fallen by 3.3% between 2014 and 2015.
This is due solely to the drop in coal use.
They now stand at 62.4% of 1990 levels. The EU Paris commitment is a cut of 40% by 2030 to be achieved “jointly”.
The UK is on course to hit this target by next year. Any further savings will simply allow other countries to get away with smaller cuts.