According to a government report, the UK generated 8.9% of its total energy consumption in 2016 from renewable sources. An increase of 0.7% on 2015 figures.
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), set the target of 20% by 2020, showing the UK still has a struggle to reach its target in only 3 years time unless dramatic changes are brought forward.
Despite this, the UK has exceeded its own third interim target which was set at 7.5% over an average of 2015 and 2016, reaching a level of 8.5%.
Electricity generation was the standout figure with around a quarter of total generation. This number fell slightly by 0.2% between 2015 and 2016 to 83.2TWh. This is in part due to a reduction in rainfall and in wind speeds, resulting in reduced hydroelectric and wind generation.
Wind speeds fell from a 15 year high in 2015 to result in a reduction of Onshore wind generation by 8.4% to 21TWh, whereas Offshore wind generation fell 5.8% to 16.4TWh.
Clean heat generation figures stood at 6.2% while transport used renewable sources to generate 4.5% of the total number. It is also stated that total green capacity in the period grew to 35.7GW, an increase of 16%.
Solar capacity remained the leader in terms of capacity at 11.9GW for the second year running, this represents a third of all installations, and a 38% increase in generation over 2015.
Due to policy instability, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has indicated that the renewable energy sector may be slowing down.