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One-Sixth Of UK Renewable Energy Is Bioenergy


According to figures released by the UK Government on 22 December, bioenergy now represents one-sixth of UK renewable energy generation capacity.

Bioenergy Insights reports that following the first 12 months since Lynemouth Power Station converted its 420MW coal unit to biomass in 2018, bioenergy has had an 11.5 per cent share in generation during 2019.

Also following the conversion of four Drax coal units to biomass, two of the sites in England have the majority of biomass generation capacity by major producers.

The largest increase in renewable energy generation came from offshore wind in Q1 of 2020, due to added capacity, it was offset by solar and hydro due to unfavourable weather. In total, renewable energy generation was 29.4TWh in Q1, a small increase on the same period in 2019.

However, growth in UK renewable energy slowed in 2020 with 1.2GW (2.6 per cent) added since Q3 of 2019. Of the total new capacity growth, half comes from offshore wind (6.2 per cent), and the rest is largely made up of solar PV and bioenergy, both up by 1.9 per cent and 3.9 per cent respectively.

Electricity generation from biodegradable municipal solid waste saw a record in generation due to additional capacity installed in Q4 2019.

The annual growth rate of UK quarterly energy production fell during Q3 2020 by 8.8 per cent, compared to Q3 2019, due to maintenance delays in coal, oil, and gas due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a decrease, and nuclear due to outages, and onshore wind, solar, and hydro output, which more than offset rises in bioenergy & waste, and offshore wind, due to increased capacity.

There was a 0.9 per cent increase on Q3 2019 in the share of renewable generation, and the share of bioenergy and waste generation remained a positive 12.7 per cent of the total renewable generation. Offshore wind increased from 9.7 per cent to 11 per cent, and solar fell from 6.2 per cent to 5.6 per cent.

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