Energy statistics

The latest Energy Trends statistics have been published on energy production and consumption.

The main points for the third quarter of 2012 are:

  • Indigenous production of fuels in the UK fell by 7.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 compared with a year earlier. Production of oil fell by 12.1 per cent whilst gas fell by 11.3 as a result of maintenance work and slowdowns on a number of fields.
  • Total primary energy consumption for energy uses rose by 1.2 per cent. A similar rise is seen in the temperature corrected data.
  • Of electricity generated in the third quarter of 2012, gas accounted for 28.2 per cent (it’s lowest third quarter share for 14 years) due to high prices, whilst coal accounted for 35.4 per cent (it’s highest third quarter share for 14 years). Nuclear generation accounted for 22.3 per cent, whilst renewables share of electricity generation increased by 2.6 percentage points to 11.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2012. Overall low carbon fuels accounted for a record share of 34.0 per cent of generation.
  • Offshore wind increased by 54 per cent, with onshore wind up by 38 per cent due to increased capacity, whilst hydro output fell by 16 per cent as a result of lower rainfall in North Scotland.
  • Provisional data for 2012 suggest that for fixed consumption levels of electricity of 3,300 kWh per annum, bills increased by £25 to £478; and for fixed consumption levels of gas of 18,000 kWh per annum, bills increased by £79 to £798.

There is a section on the devolved nations including Scotland. However, the special feature on energy generation covers 2008-11 and elements are estimates due to problems in collecting seperate data. Key points include:

  • Scotland’s share of UK generation increased from 13.1 per cent to 13.9 per cent, due to increases in nuclear, hydro and wind generation, outweighing a decrease in coal generation.
  • In 2010, Scotland exported 20.6 per cent of the electricity generated there to consumers elsewhere in the UK and this rose to 26.1 per cent in 2011. Transfers from Scotland to England rose by 45 per cent between 2010 and 2011, to a new record high, as Scottish generation increased and consumption fell.
  • Nuclear’s share in Scotland rose again in 2011 to one third of all generation due to increased availability.
  • As with the rest of the UK, Gas’s share also declined in Scotland, but coal’s share declined further, by eight percentage points.
  • In Scotland, the renewables target (which was to reach 31 per cent by 2011 and 100 per cent by 2020) is expressed as generation as a proportion of gross electricity consumption (defined as generation plus transfers into Scotland less transfers out of Scotland). In 2008, this percentage was 22.2 per cent, rising to 27.6 per cent in 2009, falling to 24.2 per cent in 2010. In 2011, this rose to 36.3 per cent, thus exceeding the target.

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