UK Renewable Electricity Generation Grows Nearly Fourfold in Decade


Lets just take a few seconds to reflect on the staggering growth in the amount of UK electricity being generated from renewable sources.

UK Electricity Generated From Renewables

Energy is a complex topic and it seems renewables are constantly under attack from some nut job or another who thinks that climate change isn’t a big deal, coal and gas are limitless and dirty energy doesn’t receive subsidies. On the other hand, there are those of us who would like to see our dependence on dirty and insecure energy sources replaced much quicker with modern, sustainable methods.

It’s nice to have some good news and the graph above shows massive growth in UK electricity generation from renewable sources. Figures are from DECC’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2013. They show growth in renewable electricity generation from 11,127 GWh in 2002 to 41,258 GWh in 2012. Even more encouraging is the upward sweep of the graph over the last 2 years.

Year Electricity Generated (GWh)
1990 5,812
1991 5,320
1992 6,398
1993 5,717
1994 6,956
1995 6,872
1996 5,685
1997 6,946
1998 8,649
1999 9,616
2000 9,914
2001 9,549
2002 11,127
2003 10,600
2004 14,147
2005 16,936
2006 18,106
2007 19,690
2008 21,800
2009 25,243
2010 25,838
2011 34,645
2012 41,258

Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in 2012 increased by 19 percent on a year earlier, and accounted for 11.3 per cent of total UK electricity generation, up from 9.4 per cent in 2011.

There’s still a long way to go but it’s good news and we thought we should share it.

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