Is renewable energy growing quickly enough for Britain to meet its renewable energy targets?

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Thanks to Tony Blair not knowing the difference between energy and electricity, Britain must get 15% of its final energy consumption from renewables by 2020.

Is this doable, and is Britain on track to do it?

DECC has just published its latest (rather lengthy) batch of annual energy statistics. They tell us that Britain now gets 7% of its final energy consumption from renewables.

This statistic can be confusing. BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy tells us that Britain gets 7.8% of its energy from renewables. The reason for this is that BP uses primary, and not final, energy consumption.

If you want to track how countries are progressing against the 2020 EU renewables targets, it is not a good idea to look at anything other than EU or governmental data. Other international energy statistics will not give you an accurate picture. A second reason is that many EU countries get large amounts of renewable energy from burning wood to heat their homes, but this energy consumption is not picked up in some international statistics.

Caveats and notes out of the way.

So, Britain got 7% from renewables last year. The figures for the previous two years were 4.7% and 5.6%.

The renewables percentage thus went up by 1.4% last year. 6 more years of that and Britain will be at 15.4% renewables.

At current growth rates Britain is more or less on track to meet the target.

Tory policy may change things. Attacks on onshore wind farms will likely make meeting this rather questionable target much more difficult. But we will see.


5 thoughts on “Is renewable energy growing quickly enough for Britain to meet its renewable energy targets?

    Striebs said:
    July 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Robert ,

    Do those targets include consumption of finished goods and food produced overseas and shipped or worse still flown here ?

    Or airline tracking other than connecting flights and cargo with a country of origin or destination of Britain including empty containers going back to the far east for more tat ?

    News should be arriving from Air Product’s Tees Valley waste gasification plant soon . Maybe not renewable energy but certainly recurring .

    Has taken 10 years from inception to commissioning so other large scale plants aren’t going to help by 2020 .


      Robert Wilson said:
      July 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I am not encyclopedia to be consulted at will. Do some work on your own account.


    stefanthedenier said:
    July 31, 2015 at 2:38 am

    everybody is avoiding to talk about ”clean energy by fusion” – big billions are wasted on something that will NEVER produce one kilowatt of electricity! Britain is also ”investing” or should I say laundering taxpayer’s money on ”fusion research” for electricity…?!:


      Robert Wilson said:
      July 31, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Your comments will be put into the spam folder if you keep doing nothing but advertising your own science denying blog.


        stefanthedenier said:
        July 31, 2015 at 10:31 am

        I’m proving that: your science is not science. I have the scientific proofs! You will silence me, BUT: nobody can silence the truth! have a nice day


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