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Renewable Energy

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity has been generated from renewable sources in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (248437)

Electricity generation from renewable sources in each of the last 10 years is given in the following table:

Electricity generation (GWh)

1998

8,648

1999

9,616

2000

9,914

2001

9,549

2002

11,127

2003

10,600

2004

14,147

2005

16,940

2006

18,116

2007

19,664

Source:

Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2008, Table 7.4

In the first four years of this period, before the Renewables Obligation was introduced in 2002, growth was at an average annual rate of 6.5 per cent. Over the next five years the average annual rate of growth was almost double this at 12.1 per cent.