Renewables scored the biggest increases in electricity generation in the UK during the first quarter of this year.

Compared to figures from the same period in 2011, offshore wind rose by 50 per cent and onshore by 51 per cent, both as the result of a significant number of wind farms coming on line.

Meanwhile, gas accounted for 27 per cent of electricity generated – its  lowest share in the last 14 years, due to high gas prices.

Nuclear also saw a drop, from 19 per cent in 2011 to 17 per cent this year.

And the conversion of Tilbury coal plant to a dedicated biomass facility was responsible for boosting the bioenergy share of total power by 21 per cent.

The figures hace been released by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change and also reveal that indigenous production of fuels in the UK fell by 11.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2012.

Charles Hendry
UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “Today’s statistics show a clear increase on the first quarter of last year across all renewables – with rises in wind, hydro, solar and bioenergy generation.

“Alongside a 36 per cent increase in renewables capacity in the last 12 months, this shows that the UK is powering forward on clean and secure energy and is clearly a very attractive place to invest.”

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