A special feature in the September 2014 edition of Energy Trends looks at renewable electricity in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the
regions of England in 2013. The article covers all renewables including those that are not eligible for the Renewables Obligation or Feed in Tariffs. It updates a similar article that was published in September 2013. The main features of the latest statistics are:
In capacity terms, at the end of 2013, England had 57 per cent of UK capacity, with 33 per cent in Scotland. Due to the different mix of
technologies between the two countries – with England having greater bioenergy capacity, and Scotland with more hydro – generation from renewable sources in England represented 60 per cent of UK output, compared to 32 per cent in Scotland.
Between 2012 and 2013, capacity in England increased by 36 per cent, including a 61 per cent increase in PV capacity, and a 49 per cent increased in other bioenergy capacity. Over the same time period, capacity in Scotland rose by 14 per cent including increases of 31 per cent and 20 per cent for PV and wind capacity respectively. Overall capacity in Northern Ireland increased by 31 per cent, and in Wales by 21 per cent.
In 2013, England had 46 per cent of the UK’s wind capacity, and produced 50 per cent of the output; Scotland had 42 per cent of wind
capacity, but produced 39 per cent of generation; Wales had 7 per cent of capacity and 6 per cent of generation, with Northern Ireland having 5 per cent of both capacity and generation.
In England, the region with the largest renewable capacity is the East, where 66 per cent of its capacity is from wind, and 16 per cent from solar PV. When combined, the South East, North West and East regions account for nearly half of England’s renewable generating capacity. London and the North East have the lowest capacities.
In England, the regions with the largest generation from wind (including offshore wind with landfall in that region) were the East, North West, South East and East Midlands; together they comprised 86 per cent of the total for England. The East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, and West Midlands provided 76 per cent of generation from other bioenergy (mainly biomass from the converted coal stations in those regions).
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