The share of the UK's electricity mix provided by low-carbon power has jumped again, climbing from 28.4 per cent during the first quarter of 2012 to 30.4 per cent during the first quarter of this year.
Official government figures released recently credited higher levels of renewable energy and nuclear power for the strong performance, which also saw coal and gas share fall slightly.
According to the report, renewables share of generation rose from 11.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2012 to 12.3 per cent this year. The gains were delivered despite a 32.1 per cent fall in hydro power generation due to lower rainfall, with increased levels of wind and solar capacity resulting in a rise in generation of 29.8 per cent from 5.3 TWh to 6.9 TWh.
Meanwhile, nuclear's share also climbed slightly from 17.2 per cent to 18.1 per cent over the same period, owing to higher levels of availability following supply problems during the first quarter of 2012.
Coal's share fractionally fell from 42 per cent to 41.2 per cent while gas's share fell to 26.3 per cent,a 15 year low, due to high international gas prices.
The data also confirmed that the cold winter had a big impact on overall electricity use with total consumption for the quarter rising 2.6 per cent year-on-year to 88.2TWh, driven by a 2.3 per cent increase in domestic demand, a 3.8 per cent increase in industrial use and a 1.9 per cent increase in commercial demand.The UK average temperatures were 2.7 degrees lower than the first quarter of 2012, the lowest level for 13 years, driving up demand for electric heating.
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