According to Quarter 2 statistics for 2013 released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today (31 Oct), capacity for anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK has increased 84.8 percent on Q2 the previous year.
In its updated renewables statistics DECC announced that cumulative installed AD capacity across the UK increased by 84 percent on Q2 2012.
The statistics also show that energy from waste capacity is up by 1.9 percent in the same period, but generation fell by 6.3 percent.
Bioenergy showed a 58 percent increase in generation in 2013 Q2, as a result of Tilbury power station’s return to operations, as well as generation from the more recently converted Ironbridge and Drax stations.
41 percent of renewables generation came from bioenergy (including 22 percent from plant biomass and 10 percent from landfill gas), 29 percent from onshore wind, with 19 percent from offshore wind, 7.6 percent from hydro, and 3.2 percent from solar photovoltaics.
Generation from plant biomass was up four-fold on a year earlier, due to Tilbury being fully operational in the current quarter (having been closed for much of 2012 quarter 2 due to the fire earlier in the year), as well as generation from the more recently converted Ironbridge and Drax coal stations. However, as a result of these conversions, generation from co-firing fell by 94 percent on a year earlier.
Statistics show that renewables’ share of electricity generation was a record high of 15.5 percent in 2013 Q2, up 5.8 percentage points on the share in 2012 Q2, reflecting increased capacity levels, as well as lower overall generation.
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