Friday, 8 October 2010

UK renewables electricity supply falls 12% in Q2 of 2010

Renewables supplied 12% less of the UK's electricity in the second quarter
of 2010 than in the same period last year, according to the latest
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statistics published today
(September 30).

According to this month's issue of energy trends, the period saw electricity
supplied from hydro fall by 32%, which has been attributed to less rainfall,
while wind production saw an 11% decrease on last year's levels, reflecting
lower wind speeds.

The figures were published alongside Feed-in Tariff (FiT) statistics
covering installed capacity for the first quarter of the scheme (April 1 -
June 30) - showing that 15.2MW of renewables capacity, across 2,771
installations, was included under the scheme by the end of the quarter.

According to the Department, the figures are based on date of confirmation
so will include schemes installed prior to Q2 2010, but after July 2009.

The solar photovoltaics (PV) market has seen the biggest surge in interest
since the introduction of the incentive scheme, with 98% (over 2,700) of all
FiT installations being PV- the majority of which were retrofitted sub-4kW
arrays mainly on domestic properties, says DECC.

However, due to the smaller size of these installations, DECC notes that
they have actually only contributed 44% of the total FiT capacity so far, at


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