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Renewables supply 2%
1 September 1996
Renewable energy use in the UK rose last year by 4% over the previous year, while electricity from renewables rose by 4.5%. In 1995 renewables provided 7,649 GWh of electricity, but this is still only some 2% of the country's electricity needs. These figures were published by the government Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in its 1996 Digest of UK Energy Statistics. The statistics show that most of the UK's renewable energy is from large-scale hydro (25.5%) and biofuels (71%). Wind energy contributed 1.8% of the 2% from renewables during 1995. Its capacity rose by 30% during the year to 85.8 MW DNC. Since 1992 wind capacity has increased four-fold, but the electricity generated has increased by a factor of 13. The DTI puts this down to improved technology and better siting of wind farms.
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