The official statistics for the first quarter of 2012 show that:
-Renewable energy accounted for 3.8 percent of total energy consumption
-Renewables’ share of electricity generation rose to 11.1 per cent
-Renewable electricity generation was 11.1 TWh (an increase of 39 percent on Q1 2011)
-Onshore wind electricity generation increased from 2.4 TWh to 3.6 TWh
-Total renewable electricity capacity was 13GW (a 36.1 percent increase on a year earlier)
Responding to the data, Hendry said: “Today’s statistics show a clear increase on the first quarter of last year across all renewables – with rises in wind, hydro, solar and bioenergy generation.
“Alongside a 36 percent increase in renewables capacity in the last 12 months, this shows that the UK is powering forward on clean and secure energy and is clearly a very attractive place to invest.”