National Statistics: Energy Trends and Prices statistical release: 27 April 2017

Energy production and consumption statistics are provided in total and by fuel, and provide an analysis of the latest 3 months data compared to the same period a year earlier. Energy price statistics cover domestic price indices, prices of road fuels and petroleum products and comparisons of international road fuel prices.

Energy production and consumption

Highlights for the 3 month period December 2016 to February 2017, compared to the same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis rose by 1.4%, but on a temperature adjusted basis consumption fell by 0.3%. (table ET 1.2)
  • Indigenous energy production fell by 1.4%, with reduced oil and renewables output. (table ET 1.1)
  • Electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 3.4%, with coal down 21% but offset by increase in gas up 30%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Gas provided 44.2% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with nuclear at 20.8%, renewables at 20.6% and coal at 14.4%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers down 4.6 percentage points to 41.4%, due to reduced nuclear and renewables generation.* (table ET 5.4)

*Major Power Producers (MPPs) data published monthly, all generating companies data published quarterly.

Energy prices

Highlights for April 2017 compared to March 2017:

  • Petrol prices down 1.9 pence per litre on month whilst diesel prices down 2.0 pence per litre. (table QEP 4.1.1)

Contacts

Lead statistician Iain Macleay, Tel 0300 068 5048

Press enquiries, Tel 020 7215 6140 / 020 7215 8931

Data periods

Statistics on monthly production and consumption of coal, electricity, gas, oil and total energy include data for the UK for the period up to the end of February 2017.

Statistics on average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of March 2017.

Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for March 2017, and petrol & diesel data for April 2017, with EU comparative data for March 2017.

Next release

The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 25 May 2017.

Data tables

To access the data tables associated with this release please click on the relevant subject link(s) below. For further information please use the contact details provided.

Please note that the links below will always direct you to the latest data tables. If you are interested in historical data tables please contact BEIS (kevin.harris@beis.gov.uk)

Subject and table number Energy production and consumption, and weather data
Total Energy Contact: Kevin Harris, Tel: 0300 068 5041
ET 1.1 Indigenous production of primary fuels
ET 1.2 Inland energy consumption: primary fuel input basis
Coal Contact: Coal statistics, Tel: 0300 068 5050
ET 2.5 Coal production and foreign trade
ET 2.6 Coal consumption and coal stocks
Oil Contact: Natalie Cartwright, Tel: 0300 068 5260
ET 3.10 Indigenous production, refinery receipts, imports and exports
ET 3.11 Stocks of petroleum
ET 3.12 Refinery throughput and output of petroleum products
ET 3.13 Deliveries of petroleum products for inland consumption
Gas Contact: Matthew Curds, Tel: 0300 068 8414
ET 4.2 Natural gas production and supply
ET 4.3 Natural gas imports and exports
ET 4.4 Natural gas imports
Electricity Contact: Electricity statistics, Tel: 0300 068 2928
ET 5.3 Fuel used in electricity generation by major producers
ET 5.4 Electricity production and availability from the public supply system
ET 5.5 Availability and consumption of electricity
Weather Contact: Susan Lomas, Tel: 0300 068 5047
ET 7.1 Average temperatures and deviations from the long term mean
ET 7.2 Average wind speed and deviations from the long term mean
ET 7.3 Average daily sun hours and deviations from the long term mean
ET 7.4 Average monthly rainfall and deviations from the long term mean
Subject and table number Energy prices data
Domestic energy price indices Contact: Susan Lomas, Tel: 0300 068 5047
QEP 2.1.3 Retail prices index: fuels components monthly figures
Monthly and annual prices of road fuels and petroleum product Contact: Susan Lomas, Tel: 0300 068 5047
QEP 4.1.1 Typical retail prices of petroleum products and a crude oil price index (monthly data)
International road fuel prices Contact: Reuben Pullan, Tel: 0300 068 5057
QEP 5.1.1 Premium unleaded petrol prices in the EU
QEP 5.2.1 Diesel prices in the EU

Collection: Business impact target: annual reports

The business impact taget (BIT) concerns the economic impact of regulation on businesses.

Each year we publish a progress report including:

  • information on regulatory provisions that have come into force or ceased to be in force during the parliamentary year
  • an assessment of the economic impact on business of the regulatory provisions

The report is a statutory obligation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (SBEE) 2015.

Corporate report: Business impact target (BIT): annual report 2016 to 2017

This is the second annual report against the business impact target (BIT), a deregulation target, for 2016 to 2017. It includes information on regulatory provisions that have come into force or ceased to be in force during the parliamentary year.

The report is a statutory obligation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (SBEE) 2015.

Notice: IPCC call for UK Experts: IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the production of this Special Report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 45th Session, which includes a timeline.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports available on the IPCC website. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in Annex 1 to these procedures. The first Author Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

The IPCC requires that the nominees have appropriate expertise. The IPCC website has a list of relevant expertise which was produced for the scoping meeting. All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated; a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise.

To be considered for nomination, please complete the nominations form below and send it to beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk by midnight on Thursday 11th May 2017.

Next steps

The UK Focal Point will submit nominations meeting expertise criteria and minimum application standards as described by the IPCC.

The Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors will be selected by the Working Group I, II and III Bureaux. The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for each chapter shall aim to reflect: the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and expertise; geographic representation (ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition); a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; and gender balance.

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be requested to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2019 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through web conferences. The presence of the Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2019 to assist in finalizing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings. Further information about the schedule can be found in the IPCC’s Strategic Planning Schedule.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel & subsistence support for attendance at relevant meetings. A level of assistance may be considered, once other reasonable potential sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the UK IPCC Focal Point by contacting beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation from the IPCC has been received.

Notice: IPCC call for UK Experts: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing a Special Report on the “Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate”. The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the production of this Special Report.

View the outline of the Special Report approved by the Panel at its 45th Session, which includes a timetable.

A detailed description of the IPCC writing and review process is contained in the Procedures for the Preparation, Review, Acceptance, Adoption, Approval and Publication of IPCC Reports available on the IPCC website. The tasks and responsibilities for Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors are specified in Annex 1 to these procedures. The first Author Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in October 2017.

Further information is available on the IPCC website.

To apply

The IPCC requires that the nominees have appropriate expertise. The IPCC website has a list of relevant expertise which was produced for the scoping meeting. All nominations should include the Working Group(s), chapter(s), and author role(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, a specification of the nominees’ key area of expertise and be accompanied by a summary CV of maximum four pages, including a list of relevant publications. Experts can be nominated for a maximum of three chapters. All nominations should indicate clearly the field of expertise of the nominee.and be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a list of relevant publications.

To be considered for nomination, please complete the nominations form and send it to beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk by midnight on Friday 12th May 2017.

Next steps

The UK Focal Point will submit nominations meeting expertise criteria and minimum application standards for this meeting as described by the IPCC.

Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors will be selected by the Working Group I and II Bureau. The composition of the group of Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors for each chapter shall aim to reflect: the range of scientific, technical and socio-economic views and expertise; geographic representation (ensuring appropriate representation of experts from developing and developed countries and countries with economies in transition); a mixture of experts with and without previous experience in IPCC; and gender balance.

The Coordinating Lead Authors and Lead Authors will be requested to attend four Lead Author meetings between 2017 and 2019 and possibly other chapter drafting meetings. In order to reduce the amount of travel, most chapter drafting meetings will be conducted through web conferences. The presence of the Coordinating Lead Authors and selected Lead Authors may be requested at Sessions of the IPCC and its Working Groups during 2019 to assist in finalizing the Summary for Policymakers. The time commitment of Review Editors is less than for Lead Authors but will include attendance at two Lead Authors meetings. Further information about the schedule can be found in the IPCC’s Strategic Planning Schedule.

BEIS is unable to guarantee travel and subsistence support for attendance at relevant meetings. A level of assistance may be considered, once other reasonable potential avenues of sources of support, such as the applicant’s employer, have been exhausted. Applicants may seek such support from the team of the UK IPCC Focal Point by contacting beisipccauthorsupport@beis.gov.uk for further information on the process. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis only after formal invitation from the IPCC has been received.

News story: Innovate UK appointments confirmed

The appointments of Gerard Grech, Priya Guha and Simon Devonshire have been confirmed today (21 April 2017) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Innovate UK finds and drives science and technology opportunities that will grow the UK’s economy – delivering productivity, new jobs and exports and keeping the country globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

The board regularly reviews the management and performance of Innovate UK and ensures the organisation delivers its strategic priorities and that resource is allocated effectively in the delivery of these objectives.

Gerard Grech is currently the chief executive officer of Tech City UK, an organisation focused on accelerating the growth of digital businesses in London and across cities in the UK.

Priya Guha is Ecosystem General Manager of RocketSpace, a London start-up space. Priya was a UK diplomat for 20 years, with her most recent post being British Consul General to San Francisco.

Simon Devonshire OBE is co-founder of Talent Cupboard and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

News story: Acas council reappointments confirmed

The reappointment to the Acas Council of the 4 members has been confirmed today (21 April 2017) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. It supports good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success.

The Acas Council sets the strategic direction, policies and priorities for the organisation, and makes sure that the organisation meets its agreed strategic objectives and targets. It consists of the Chair and 11 employer, trade union and independent members, appointed by the Secretary of State.

Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of the Acas Council said:

I am delighted that the Acas Council will continue to benefit from my colleagues’ invaluable experience in the field of employment relations. They play an essential role as independent and impartial workplace experts.

I look forward to working with them for another 3 years strengthening our reputation as Britain’s number one employment relations service for businesses and employees.

Biographies

Jane McNeill QC

Jane McNeill is a member and former Head of Old Square Chambers, a leading employment set of chambers. She has been involved in many important and test cases in the fields of employment and discrimination law, including the part-time workers’ pensions (Preston) litigation, the test cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the calculation of holiday pay (Williams v BA) and the equal pay litigation.

She has acted for individuals, groups of individuals and NHS Trusts in cases at first instance and appellate level involving whistleblowing and the interpretation and implementation of disciplinary processes and procedures.

She has been a Queen’s Counsel since 2002, a fee-paid Employment Judge since 2000 and has sat as a Recorder in the County Court since 2006. She is an accredited and practising mediator.

Mike Gooddie

Mike is Director of Human Resources for the Canal & River Trust, prior to that he was vice president of Labour Relations for Asda.

Mike began his career with Shell as a graduate trainee working in both the UK and Australia, before progressing on to senior HR positions with British Airways, GNER and the BBC. He has held non-executive positions for Manchester Airport Group (MAG), Community Integrated Care (CIC) and York Archaeological Trust (YAT). He is a graduate of Leicester University and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

Neil Carberry

Neil Carberry is Director for Employment, Skills and Public Services at the CBI, a role he has held since February 2011. Neil has worked at the CBI for the past decade on a wide range of business issues, including employment, employee relations, pay, education, skills and public service reform.

He is a member of the CBI’s Management Board. Before joining the CBI, Neil worked in consultancy on HR issues for financial services firms. He is a member of the Low Pay Commission, which makes recommendations about the level of the UK’s National Minimum Wage. He has an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He is the Chair of BusinessEurope’s Employment Working Group.

Paul Nowak

Paul Nowak was appointed Assistant General Secretary of the TUC in February 2013, and was subsequently confirmed as Deputy General Secretary by the TUC General Council in February 2016.

He has responsibility for a number of key policy areas including public services and transport, and for the TUC’s organisation in the English regions and Wales, union organising, inter-union relations and the organisation of the TUC’s annual Congress.

These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

News story: Lord Robert Smith named new chairman of the British Business Bank

Business Minister Margot James has today (21 April 2017) announced the appointment of the Lord Smith of Kelvin as the new non-executive chairman of the British Business Bank.

Lord Robert Smith joins the UK’s national development bank for businesses with over 20 years of chairman experience, most recently as Chair of the Green Investment Bank and of the Scotland Devolution Commission. Lord Smith would begin the role following the successful completion of the sale of the Green Investment Bank, officially taking over from interim Chair, Christina McComb.

Business Minister Margot James said:

With a wealth of knowledge and experience of venture and development capital, I am pleased to be announcing that Lord Robert Smith is joining the British Business Bank.

The British Business Bank plays a crucial role in helping the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses access the finance they need, which will be a great match with Lord Robert Smith’s evident passion for, and background in, supporting the UK’s start-ups and small businesses. I would also like to pay thanks to Christina McComb who has acted as interim Chair for the Bank during the search for a new Chair.

The British Business Bank manages government’s access to finance programmes for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), ensuring finance markets work for smaller businesses, allowing them to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity.

The government’s Industrial Strategy is committed to further improving access to finance across the country, with a £400 million government investment into the bank announced in the government’s autumn statement in 2016. This is expected to attract £1 billion of private sector equity finance, to help small businesses access the capital they need to scale-up.

Keith Morgan, CEO of the British Business Bank, said:

We are pleased Lord Smith will become our new Chairman. Lord Smith’s impressive track record of leadership and his depth of experience will be invaluable to the Bank as it enters a new period of growth and development.

Interim Chair Christina McComb took up the position after the inaugural Chairman Ron Emerson stepped down in September 2016. The British Business Bank is currently supporting more than 54,000 businesses, working with over 90 finance partners. Its programmes support over £3.4 billion of finance to UK smaller businesses and participate in a further £5.1 billion of finance to UK small mid-cap businesses.