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    UK renewables generation falls in Q2 despite record solar output

    September 29, 2023 - SeeNews Renewables


      September 29 (Renewables Now) - Renewables in the UK generated less power in the second quarter of 2023 compared to a year ago but their share of the nearly record-low overall electricity generation increased, government statistics showed on Thursday.

      Renewable generation fell by 11% to 27.2 TWh as a 12% rise in solar photovoltaic (PV) output to a record 5.5 TWh could not make up for a decline in wind generation driven by lower wind speeds. Onshore wind saw a steep year-over-year drop of 31%, partly due to curtailment.

      Below are figures for the leading renewables sources.

      Electricity generated (GWh) Q2 2023 % change y/y
      Onshore wind 5,115 -31
      Offshore wind 8,551 -4
      Solar photovoltaics 5,524 12.2
      Plant biomass 4,093 -17

      Over the past year, the country’s renewable capacity increased by 5.8%, or 3 GW, including 1.2 GW of offshore wind, 1.1 GW solar and 0.7 GW onshore wind.

      The share of renewables in electricity generation increased to 42.1% from 38.7% in the second quarter of 2022. It was also above fossil fuels’ share of 38.8%, which was curtailed by record electricity imports and decreased demand for electricity.

      Renewables hit a record share in the first quarter of 2023, which the latest statistics put at 48.2%.


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