National Statistics: Energy Trends and Prices statistical release: 25 April 2019

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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 to February 2019, compared to the same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis fell by 4.8%, on a temperature adjusted basis consumption fell by 2.3%. (table ET 1.2)
  • Indigenous energy production rose by 8.0%, with oil, gas, bioenergy, wind and solar output up, but falls in output from coal and nuclear. (table ET 1.1)
  • Electricity generation by Major Power Producers down 6.2%, with coal down 52% and gas down 1.1%. Renewables were up 6.9%, boosted by strong growth in bioenergy.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Gas provided 46.3% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with renewables at 29.5%, nuclear at 18.3% and coal at 5.4%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 2.8 percentage points to 47.9%, whilst fossil fuel share of electricity generation stood at 51.9%.* (table ET 5.4)

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

Energy prices

Highlights for April 2019 compared to March 2019:

  • Petrol prices up 3.6 pence per litre on month, whilst diesel prices up 2.2 pence per litre, driven by higher crude oil prices. (table QEP 4.1.1)

Contacts

Lead statistician Warren Evans, Tel 0300 068 5059

Press enquiries: Tel 020 7215 6140 / 020 7215 8892

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 2019.

Statistics on average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of March 2019.

Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for March 2019, and petrol & diesel data for April 2019, with EU comparative data for March 2019.

Next release

The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 30 May 2019.

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: Nick Jesson, Tel: 0300 068 5346
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: Ben Lucking, Tel: 0207 215 5010
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: 0207 215 1259
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

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