Published on 28 September, the government’s latest Energy Trends have revealed a record-breaking quarter – with coal and renewables hitting new lows and highs respectively.
The figures revealed that coal’s share of generation fell from 5.9% in Q2 2016, reaching a record low of 2.1% in Q2 2017. This was due to low-demand for coal fired electricity generation. In stark contrast, renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 29.8% in Q2 2017. The report said that this reflected both increased wind capacity and wind speeds, alongside lower overall electricity generation.
When factoring in nuclear, low-carbon electricity’s share of generation also saw a record level of 53.4%. Meanwhile, while gas saw imports fall 17.3%, exports grew by 49% to 41.8TWh marking the highest quarterly level since 2011, because of the suspension of injection to the Rough gas storage facility.