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Energy production from waste increases

Energy production of bioenergy and waste was 3% higher in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter in 2016.

The figures are included in latest quarterly release of sector trends by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Energy Trends covers statistics on production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year-on-year changes.

In Q2 2017, energy production through bioenergy and waste was 2.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. Total energy production was 2.5% higher than in the second quarter of 2016.

In Q2 2017, generation from bioenergy was down slightly, 0.5%, on a year earlier, with increased generation from biodegradable waste offset by reduced generation from landfill gas and plant biomass. 

Renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record 29.8% in Q2 2017, up more than four percentage points on the share a year before, reflecting increased wind capacity and wind speeds, as well as lower overall electricity generation 

Renewable electricity generation was 22.5TWh in Q2 2017, an increase of 13.6% on the 19.8TWh in Q2 2016. Renewable electricity capacity was 38GW at the end of Q2 2017, a 13.2% increase (4.4GW) on a year ago, with more than half of the annual increase coming from onshore wind.

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