UK renewables smash generation records

In: Windfarms
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has revealed that 2019 was a record year for renewable electricity generation which increased by 8.5 per cent compared to 2018, from 110 TWh to 119 TWh. It noted that this was largely due to increased capacity in offshore wind.

Renewable electricity capacity was 47.4 GW at the end of 2019, a 6.9 per cent increase (3.0 GW) on a year earlier; around half this increase was in offshore wind. At the end of 2019, onshore wind at 14.2 GW represented 29.9 per cent of all renewable capacity, dipping below 30 per cent for the first time since 2016 but remaining the highest share of total renewable capacity. This was followed by solar PV (28.7 per cent), offshore wind (20.7 per cent) and bioenergy (16.7 per cent).

Renewables’ share of electricity generation increased from 36.8 per cent in 2018 Q4 to 37.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2019 leading to an overall share for the year at 36.9 per cent. In 2019 Q4, offshore wind exceeded 10 TWh for the first time. Offshore wind was the largest component of renewable generation at 31.4 per cent (10.2 TWh), increasing by 14.5 per cent compared to Q4 of 2018.

Renewable electricity generation was a record 32.5 TWh in 2019 Q4, an increase of 0.9 per cent on 32.2 TWh in 2018 Q4. This was partly driven by record offshore wind generation.

Offshore wind overtook onshore wind generation in the previous quarter and has continued to have the greatest share in Q4. Both onshore and offshore wind each generated 9.9 per cent of total energy in 2019, with onshore wind generating 0.3 TWh more than offshore wind for the year.

Offshore wind's performance in 2019 was attributed to the expansion of 1.6 GW in capacity. This included the
Beatrice (Scotland) and Hornsea One (England) projects, with a capacity of 588 MW and 1,211 MW, respectively.

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