Renewable energy production and use has marginally increased year on year, according to Department of Energy and Climate Change statistics released today.
Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in 2010 represented 6.8% of total UK electricity generation, up from 6.7% in 2009. However, total renewables, as measured by the 2009 EU Renewables Directive, accounted for 3.3% of energy consumption in 2010 up from 3% in 2009.
Gross natural gas production fell 4.3% in 2010 and has fallen by 47.3% since its peak in 2000. Overall gas demand increased by 8.4%. Net imports of gas accounted for over 40% of the gas output from the transmission system. LNG imports accounted for over a third of gas imports, more than double that received by pipe from the Netherlands and Belgium combined, and up from 2% in 2008. Imports from Norway accounted for just under half of gas imports.