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Renewables output on the increase in 2001

Output in 2001 from renewable sources other than hydro was 12% higher than in 2000 and more than double the level in 1996, according to figures released by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Most of the increase was due to higher levels of generation from landfill gas and biofuels; wind output rose a mere 2% compared with the previous year. The good news for new renewables, however, is partly masked by a 21% drop in output from hydro -- mostly existing large scale plant -- because of low rainfall and snowfall levels, particularly in Scotland. This led to the overall output from renewables falling by 3.5% of generation in 2001 -- down to 2.6% from 2.8% in 2000. The DTI's 2002 Digest of UK Energy Statistics also shows that total electricity supplied was up by 1%, electricity from gas fell to 37% compared with coal's share which rose by 9.5% to a third of all electricity supplied -- bad news for the UK's attempts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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