UK energy production grew by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same time last year.
That’s according to a new government report.
Total production stood at 31.1 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the first four months this year.
That’s the highest since 2002 “though production is still generally falling as growth in renewables is more than offset by declines in fossil fuel production”, the report claims.
It adds the growth was the result of increases in bioenergy, nuclear and coal production as well as output from wind and hydro.
Bioenergy and waste was 27% higher and generation from nuclear power stations saw a 10% rise as they resumed operation following outages.
Output from wind and flow hydro was 4.6% higher.
Production of oil fell by 5.3% compared to the first quarter of 2014 as a result of low production at the Huntington field while production of natural gas fell slightly by 0.5%. Coal production rose by 8.4%.