The amount of electricity generated by renewable sources fell by 1% year-on-year in 2016, according to official statistics.

Renewables generated 82.8TWh in 2016, down from 83.6TWh in 2015. Bioenergy generation edged 0.7% higher but wind generation fell by 7% due to slower wind speeds.

Renewables’ share of electricity generation dipped by 0.2 percentage points to 24.4% in 2016

Renewable electricity capacity jumped by 13.7% or 4.2GW to hit 34.7GW at the end of the year.

Gas accounted for 42.4% of electricity generation, up 13 percentage points, while coal fell by 13 points to 9.1% and nuclear edged 0.4 points higher to 21.2%.

Energy bills lower

Low carbon electricity’s share of generation increased marginally from 45.4 per cent in2015 to 45.6 per cent in 2016.

The statistics also showed that average annual household energy bills (based on fixed consumption of 3,800 kWh per annum for electricity and 15,000 kWh per annum for gas) across all payment types in 2016 decreased by £61 (down 4.7 per cent to £1,236) compared to 2015. Average electricity bills were £2 higher, with gas bills down £63.

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