In the 3rd quarter of 2013, renewable energy generation stood at 10.3 TWh- 7.6% higher than the same time in 2012, but a surprising 21% lower than the 13.0 TWh generated in the 2nd quarter of 2013.
The proportion of renewable energy was 13.2% in the 3rd quarter of 2013- an increase of 1.4 percentage points on the same time in 2012. However, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, this was 2.2 percentage points lower than the 2nd quarter of 2013.
Why the generation of renewable energy could have slowed
A number of factors could have impacted the generation of renewable energy towards the end of 2013.
Low wind speeds in the 3rd quarter of 2013 may have had a serious impact on levels of energy derived from wind power. Generation from onshore wind fell by 7.6%, while offshore wind farms increased their energy generation by a relatively small 7.4%
Renewable energy capacity fell by 1.9% between the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013, most likely influenced by the Tilbury biomass station which occurred during this period.
Areas of growth
Though overall, generation of renewable energy has decreased throughout 2013, there have been a number of areas in which figures have shown a more positive trend since the end of 2012.
Generation of bioenergy in the 3rd quarter of 2013 increased an impressive 26%, standing at 4.6 TWh, up from 3.7 TWh the same time the previous year. This increase is thanks to the conversions of the Ironbridge and Drax stations in early 2013.
Consumption of liquid biofuels has also risen by 46% over the past year, standing at 445 million litres in the 3rd quarter of 2013, up from 304 million litres at the same time in 2012.
The percentage of biofuel consumed by road transport in the UK has also risen by 0.7 percentage points since 2012, now standing at 3.4%
While the generation of renewable energy has been steadily increasing in recent years, it is apparent that the rates have certainly dropped since the 2nd quarter of 2013. It is currently unclear whether this decline is set to continue, or if the generation of renewable energy will pick up again throughout 2014. Though many figures have fallen, others have risen, suggesting that 2014 can be a year of growth within the world of renewable energy. It is hoped that, if awareness for the importance of renewable energy spreads, a greater demand will lead to increased levels of generation throughout the coming year.
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