Wind and solar generation up by a third in the UK


The amount of electricity generated by wind and solar panels in the UK has increased by almost a third, according to the latest statistics released by the government, writes Utility Week.

The first quarter figures for 2013 show that wind and solar PV generated 6.9TWh of electricity, up 29.8 per cent from the 5.3TWh in Q1 of 2012.

The jump is being attributed to an increase in capacity.

Nuclear also saw a modest increase in its Q1 production figures, producing an additional 6.3 per cent of electricity in 2013 than in 2012, up to 18.3TWH from 17.2TWh, due to increased availability of power stations after outages last year.

These increases help to boost the low carbon generation share of the energy mix to 30.4 per cent (up from 28.4 per cent in Q1 2012), despite there being a fall in hydro generation.

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