The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published statistics showing energy trends for the third quarter of 2011. The statistics show, comparing the position with the third quarter in 2010:-
- UK oil production fell by 22.7%.
- UK gas production fell by 29.4%, much of which fall was attributable to maintenance on some gas fields
- After making weather related adjustments energy consumption fell by 2.1%
- Off shore wind produced 30% more electricity due to higher offshore wind speeds but on shore wind produced 2.4% less due to lower onshore wind speeds
- Higher rainfall led to 41% more hydro electricity being produced
- Of the electricity generated 46.5% was from gas, 23.1% from coal, 19.1% from nuclear and 9% from electricity.
- Both gas and electricity cost more but people have during the first nine months of 2011 consumed less electricity and gas than they did in the first nine months of 2010
- The UK was dependent on imported fuel to the extent of 42.2%, which the Department describes as a record high.
- The vast majority of the UK gas imports originated from Qatar (48%) and Norway (39%).
The figures do not take into account the very cold weather we experienced in December 2010.
The percentage price change for domestic fuels compared with a year earlier was:-
- Coal and smokeless fuels 2.8%
- Gas 9.2%
- Electricity 4.5%
- Heating Oil 23.8%
This resulted in a total fuel and light domestic increase of 8.7%.The average domestic fuel bill was £1,175 of which £720 was for gas and £455 for electricity.
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