The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently published a statistical press release outlining UK Energy Statistics from Q2 2019 (April to June). We’ve provided a summary of this information to give you a quick idea of what is happening in the UK’s energy market.
To make an accurate comparison, temperature adjustments are taken into account when comparing year-on-year.
- The average temperature in Q2 2019 was 1.3 degrees Celsius cooler than the same period a year earlier.
- May and June were particularly cooler than in 2018.
UK energy consumption statistics Q2 2019
- Total primary energy consumption for energy fell by 0.1%.
- However, when adjusted for weather, total primary energy consumption fell by 1.8% between Q2 2019 and Q2 2018.
UK energy production statistics Q2 2019
- Total energy production was 1.9% lower than in Q2 2018.
- Final energy consumption (excluding non-energy use) was 1.2% higher than in Q2 2018.
- Temperature-adjusted, final energy consumption fell by 3.0%.
UK electricity generated in Q2 2019
|Coal||06% (new record low)|
UK renewable energy generation Q2 2019
- Renewable electricity generation was 27.1 TWh in Q2 2019.
- This is an increase of 9.9% on the 24.6 TWh in the second quarter of 2018.
- Low carbon electricity’s share of electricity generation fell slightly to 52.6%, compared to 53.6% in Q2 2018.
- Renewable electricity capacity was 45.9 GW at the end of Q2 2019. This is a 7.9% increase (3.4 GW) on 2018.
- Two-thirds of the annual increase in renewable electricity capacity came from wind.
Supplier switching in Q2 2019
- Switching rates increased by 12% in the second quarter of 2019.
- An average of 510,000 households per month switched supplier.
- Switching rates increased by 6.8%
- An average of 413,000 households per month switched supplier.
New records set for UK energy statistics in Q2 2019:
- New record low for coal generation: 0.6%.
- Coal production fell to a new record low of 0.5 million tonnes (25% lower than Q2 2018).
- Total demand for coal in Q2 2019 fell 22% to a new record low of 1.5 million tonnes.
- Coal consumption by electricity generators was down by 61% in Q2 2019 to a new record low of 0.2 million tonnes.
- The UK was a net importer for all oil products in by 4.0 million tonnes, higher than the 3.7 million tonnes in 2018 (driven primarily by the sharp decrease in exports of petroleum products).
- Renewables’ share of electricity generation was 35.5%, up 3.5% on 2018 Q2 – the third-highest percentage share on record.