Energy trends and price statistics

Highlights for the 3 month period December 2013 to February 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK fell by 7.6%, on a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 2.6%.
  • Indigenous energy production fell by 1.4% with coal production down 23%, coal production in January 2014 was at a record low level.
  • Crude oil & NGL production down 2.3% but gas production up 1.3%.
  • Coal provided 41.0% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with gas’s share at 22.4% and nuclear at 20.0%.
  • Wind generation by Major Power Producers up 54%, with offshore wind up 39% and onshore wind up 68%.
  • Bioenergy generation up 9.4% due to the partial conversion to biomass of Drax.
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 7 percentage points to 36.7%.

Statistics on monthly production and consumption of coal, electricity, gas, oil and total energy include data for the UK for the period up to the end of February 2014.

Statistics on solar photovoltaics deployment and average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of March 2014.

Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for March 2014, and petrol & diesel data for April 2014, with EU comparative data for March 2014.

The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 27 March 2014.

The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 29 May 2014.

The next release of provisional quarterly energy statistics for Q1 2014 (January to March), will take place on 26 June 2014.