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Renewable Energy

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of UK-generated energy supplies in megawatt hours was derived from renewable sources in each of the last five years. (206101)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: The shares of renewables within (a) UK energy supplies and (b) renewable electricity within UK-generated electricity for 2002 to 2006 are summarised in the following tables. Data for 2007 will not be available until later this year.

(a) Share of renewables in UK energy supply, 2002-06

UK energy supply (GWh)

UK renewable energy supply (GWh)

Share of renewables within UK energy supply (percentage)

2002

2,804,563

33,685

1.20

2003

2,838,674

36,140

1.27

2004

2,861,701

42,858

1.50

2005

2,876,913

49,311

1.71

2006

2,835,487

51,522

1.82

Source: Data derived from the Digest of UK Energy Statistics, 2007, Tables 1.1 and 7.7.

(b) Share of renewables in UK electricity generation, 2002-06

UK electricity generation (GWh)

UK renewable electricity generation (GWh)

Share of renewables within UK electricity generation (percentage)

2002

387,246

11,127

2.87

2003

398,209

10,548

2.65

2004

393,867

14,085

3.58

2005

398,372

16,870

4.23

2006

398,327

18,133

4.55

Source: Data derived from the Digest of UK Energy Statistics, 2007, Tables 5.6 and 7.4