Renewables’ share of generation mix up in 2015
New DECC figures have revealed that renewables sources accounted for nearly a quarter of the electricity generation mix last year. The department’s latest Energy Trends, published on Thursday 31 March, showed that renewables held a record 24.7% share of the mix––up 5.6pp year-on-year, while low-carbon’s share was up to 45.5% overall. Gas accounted for 29.5% of the electricity mix in 2015, stable on its share a year earlier, while coal’s share dropped 7.1pp to 22.6%. The report further showed that, on a temperature-adjusted basis, final energy consumption was 0.33pp higher owing to increased demand in the transport sector.