The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed that primary energy production fell by 10.7% in 2012, while energy consumption rose by 1.7%.
In its Digest of UK Energy Statistics, the department notes that this follows the record decline in production of 13.2% in 2011. The report also states that 2012 energy imports have increased by 6.9% since 2011, reaching a record high.
Electricity generated in the UK from renewable sources during 2012, however, increased by 19% – accounting for 11.3% of total UK electricity generation. BG Energy Solutions, an energy controls specialist, welcomes this increase, but suggests that improved energy efficiency should also play a part in our transition from fossil fuel use.
Duncan Biggins, Managing Director of the energy monitoring and targeting firm, BG Energy Solutions, says: “It is fantastic to see this rise in renewable energy production. Saving energy however, through improved energy managementmeasures, is just as important.”
He adds: “For example, the implementation of energy efficient building controls can help organisations reduce energy use, cut costs and improve their resilience to rising energy prices and future environmental legislation.”