Low carbon electricity generation at 45%

Low carbon electricity’s share of generation in the UK accounted for 45.3% in the third quarter this year. That’s an increase from 38.1% in the same period in 2014, DECC […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Low carbon electricity’s share of generation in the UK accounted for 45.3% in the third quarter this year.

That’s an increase from 38.1% in the same period in 2014, DECC revealed in latest ‘UK Energy Statistics’ report.

Overall nuclear generation accounted for 21.8%, while renewables produced 23.5% of electricity.

Power produced from gas accounted for 34.9% while coal generation decreased to 17.1%.

Earlier this year the government announced it will close coal-fired power plants across the country by 2025.

Oil production however increased by 27%, as production was very low in the third quarter of 2014, DECC added.

Petrol prices fell this month to below £1.00 per litre, the lowest price for six years.

The report revealed some good news for householders as  domestic energy bills decreased by 3% this year.

It added: “For fixed consumption levels of electricity of 3,800 kWh per annum, bills decreased by £8 to £584 and for fixed consumption levels of gas of 15,000 kWh per annum, bills decreased by £37 to £715.”

The report also stated the renewable sector in Scotland generated 49.7% of the country’s electricity needs in 2014.

DECC also revealed the UK’s energy sector cut 23% of carbon emissions in the last two years.