The Government’s Energy Trends report shows a fall in coal and gas generation has been offset by an increase from the renewables and nuclear sectors.
Low carbon electricity’s share of generation accounted for 45.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2015, up from 38.1 per cent in the same period of 2014.
Of electricity generated in the third quarter of 2015, gas accounted for 34.9 per cent, whilst coal accounted for 17.1 per cent.
Nuclear generation accounted for 21.8 per cent, whilst renewables share increased by six per cent to 23.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2015.
Renewable electricity capacity was 29.7 GW at the end of the third quarter of 2015, a rise of 26 per cent (6.1 GW) on a year earlier. More than half of this increase was due to, mainly large-scale, solar photovoltaics, while onshore and offshore wind contributed 1.2 GW.
Petrol prices fell in December 2015 to below £1.04 per litre, the lowest price for six years. However, overall demand for petroleum products was up by 2.2 per cent on last year, driven by demand for road diesel.