Power production from low carbon sources up

The UK’s low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers accounted for 45.8% between December 2015 and February this year. That was a 5.7% increase due to a rise in […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The UK’s low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers accounted for 45.8% between December 2015 and February this year.

That was a 5.7% increase due to a rise in renewable energy production, new data from DECC reveal.

That increase was particularly in bioenergy which was up by 27% and wind which picked up by 13.7%.

Offshore generation increased by 26% compared to the same period a year ago whilst onshore wind was up by 2%.

The total energy supplied by Major Power Producers fell 5.5% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Supply from coal-fired power stations fell by 49% due to an increase in green sources.

The government announced it will close coal plants by 2025 and RWE npower said it will reduce energy generation operations at one of its coal-fired facilities in the UK.

On the other hand, supply from gas-fired stations rose by 33%, DECC stated.

Supply from nuclear power stations fell by 1.6% due to some outages at the end of last year which have been resolved, it added.