UK bioenergy generation and capacity increased in Q2 2020

Bioenergy generation increased by 9.7% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

Overall renewable energy generation (excluding non-biodegradable wastes) increased to 30.1 TWh in Q2 2020, an increase of 12% compared to the same period in 2019.

According to UK Government figures, total electricity generation from all modes generated 67.5 TWh, giving renewables a share of 44.6% for Q2, an increase of 9% compared to the same period in 2019 and the second-highest quarterly share for renewable generation above fossil fuels.

Generation from bioenergy increased by 9.7% compared to Q2 2019. The majority of this increase was accounted for by the 12% increase in generation from plant biomass, which is the largest component of bioenergy, at 69%.

Renewables capacity also increased by 5% year-on-year overall, with bioenergy capacity increasing by 3.1%, equivalent to 0.2 GW.

Overall, bioenergy had the largest share of renewable generation at 33.1%, followed by offshore wind (26%) and onshore wind (20.2%), then solar PV (17.1%) and hydro generation (3.7%).

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