Renewable energy data

The other day I came across this.  The UK governments quarterly energy data for 2012 has shown record renewable energy production.  There was lots of wind, lots of rain and even solar power shows up with sufficient capacity to be measurable.  This last figure is encouraging with 0.17TWh of electricity generated, especially since the first quarter has relatively low output (see graph of data from my 1kW system).

Another interesting feature was that total primary energy consumption fell by over 1% taking into account weather differences.  This suggests we are slowly learning to use less energy.  However, despite this encouraging news carbon based fuels still dominate, despite gas use for electricity generation having fallen.  We have a long way to go and little time to make the journey…

Neil

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