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Bioenergy generated 12% of UK renewable electricity in Q3 2019

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UK renewable electricity generation increased by 16% in Q3 2019, compared with the same period in 2018.

According to the latest figures by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the share of total electricity generation from renewables – 38.9% - is the highest ever recorded and marginally exceeds the share of electricity generation from gas for the first time.

The BEIS figures show the increase was largely due to increased load factors for wind, as well as renewable capacity. In Q3 2019, generation from bioenergy (including plant biomass, animal biomass, anaerobic digestion and sewage gas) stood at 8.9 terawatt-hours (TWh), up by 0.2 TWh or 1.9% year-on-year.

At the end of 2019, onshore wind represented 30.2% of all renewable capacity and the highest share of renewable technologies, closely followed by solar PV at 28.7%, offshore wind at 20.9% and bioenergy at 16.2%.

According to the report, wind remains the principal source of renewable generation, with onshore and offshore wind comprising 19% of total generation. Bioenergy was the other significant component, at 12%.