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Gas and coal provide for 70% of electricity needs

Latest figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) released today show that coal and gas powered electricity accounted for 69.6% of electricity generation in the third quarter of 2011.

Gas powered electricity accounted for 46.5% of electricity generation and coal a further 23.1%.

Renewable energy electricity generation increased by 0.9% to 9% overall in the third quarter of 2011, with nuclear generation increasing by 3.4% to 19.1 of total electricity generation. Total energy use in the UK fell by 2.1%, however, domestic energy bills rose by over 9% in the same period.

The UK now has 10.2GW installed capacity from renewable energy sources, an increase of 1.1GW since 2010. Renewable energy generation increased by 11.5% to 7.5TWh in 2011. A large part of this was the 41.3% increase in hydro generation in 2011, caused by increased rainfall.

Offshore wind generation rose by 30.5%, due to increased capacity. Onshore wind generation fell by 2.4%, with the impact of lower wind speeds offsetting increases in capacity.

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