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26 Mar 2010 01:03:21

UK renewable energy use increased last year



UK renewable energy use increased last year
More of the energy being used by UK consumers came from renewables last year, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The statistics showed that 6.8 percent of the country's electricity was generated through wind and other renewable sources in 2009, compared to 5.7 percent in 2008.

At the same time, the proportion of energy coming from coal fell from 31.4 percent to 27.7 percent, while gas dropped slightly from 45.8 percent to 45.1 percent.

There was also a reduction in the overall amount of electricity consumed last year, down 6.8 percent on 2008.

Domestic use dropped by 3.2 percent, while industrial use was 11 percent lower.

The publication of the figures came as General Electric (GE) announced plans to invest €110 million (£99 million) in offshore wind in the UK by 2020.

Responding to the news, climate change secretary Ed Miliband said: "GE's investment will create new jobs and help the supply chain flourish, reinforcing the UK as the destination for offshore wind investment."

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