Energy trends and prices statistical release: 26 March 2015
The latest provisional monthly energy statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) were released on 26 March 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Highlights for the 3-month period November 2014 to January 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier include.
- Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis fell by 2.4%, on a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 1.8%. (table ET 1.2)
- Indigenous energy production fell by 2.5% (table ET 1.1), with nuclear down 9.1% due to outages in November 2014. (table ET 5.4)
- Lower coal generation due to the closure of plants, however coal share remains above gas. (table ET 5.4)
- Coal provided 35.4% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with gas at 26.9% and nuclear at 19.0%.* (table ET 5.4)
- Wind generation by Major Power Producers up 6.9% due to increased capacity, whilst overall renewables up 18.9% with growth in biomass.* (table ET 5.4)
- Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 2.4 percentage points to 37.8%, due to rise in renewables generation.* (table ET 5.4)
Statistics on monthly production and consumption of coal, electricity*, gas, oil and total energy include data for the UK for the period up to the end of January 2015.
Statistics on average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of February 2015.
Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for February 2015, and petrol & diesel data for March 2015, with EU comparative data for February 2015.
The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 26 February 2015.
The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 30 April 2015.
*Major Power Producers (MPPs) data published monthly, all generating companies data published quarterly.
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