Falling energy use and surging offshore wind are among the trends revealed in the latest round of government figures on the energy flowing through the UK. Renewables’ share of electricity generation reached another all-time high last year, accounting for a third of the mix while coal power slumped by a quarter. The new iteration of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), published last week by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), contains a wealth of information that tells the broader story of the nation’s energy transformation. Here, Carbon Brief has created six charts that illustrate the changes that have been taking place in the energy mix over the past year. The nation’s primary energy use fell once again, taking it to its lowest level for decades, as demonstrated by the chart below. (In January, Carbon Brief reported that the amount of electricity generated in the UK last year had fallen to its lowest level since 1994.) This was accompanied by the continued decline of fossil fuels as a source of energy. While they are still dominant, their contribution fell to 79%, another record low.
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