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Renewable power generation increases 2.6% for Q3 in 2012

CTBR Staff Writer Published 21 December 2012

Renewable power generation in UK increased 2.6% points to 11.7% of the total energy produced for the third quarter of 2012.

According to the Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change the total share of low carbon fuels in the country's energy mix also increased to 34%.

Offshore wind power generation in the region surged 54% for the quarter while onshore wind generation returned a impressive 38% growthdue to increased capacity.

Hydro power generation, meanwhile,fell by 16% as lower rainfall in North Scotland made power generation difficult.

Commenting on the impressive renewable energy figures RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith remarked that British homes were procuring at least 10% of their energy requirements from renewable sources.

"Wind is generating the lion's share of our clean electricity, and is set to become even more important in our energy mix for the rest of this decade.

"Renewables are expected to generate more of our electricity than nuclear power by 2016, with wind becoming the biggest contributor of electricity to the UK apart from natural gas in 2020.

"This will help to stabilise the price of energy for all of us, providing a secure alternative to importing expensive fossil fuels, whose price we cannot control.

"Wind is working and delivering - we're all reaping the benefits, which are growing year after year," said Smith.