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Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices


Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices Q1 - 2013

UK Energy Statistics

Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices are published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and OFGEM. This page provides a summary of key data for the first quarter of 2013.

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The main points for the first quarter of 2013 are:

  • Final energy consumption was 6.1 per cent higher in the first quarter of 2013, with domestic consumption up 18.2 per cent, reflecting the colder weather, compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The average temperature in the first quarter of 2013 was 2.7 degrees Celsius colder than the same period a year earlier. On a temperature corrected basis, final energy consumption was down 1.5 per cent over the same period.
  • Primary energy consumption for energy uses rose by 4.3 per cent. However, when adjusted to take account of weather differences between the first quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, primary energy consumption fell by 4.0 per cent.
  • The rates of switching in the gas and electricity markets fell sharply in the first quarter of 2013, to the lowest levels since DECC records began in 2003. Electricity transfers fell by 6 per cent compared with a year earlier, to 701,000, whilst gas transfers fell by 21 per cent, to 420,000.
  • Total energy production was 10.4 per cent lower than in the first quarter of 2012. This decline in output is due to falls in petroleum and gas production as a result of maintenance activity on a number of fields; nuclear output was up and there was strong growth in renewables.
  • Of electricity generated in the first quarter of 2013, coal accounted for 41 per cent, whilst gas accounted for 26 per cent (its lowest first quarter share in the last fifteen years, due to high gas prices). Nuclear generation accounted for 18 per cent of total electricity generated in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Renewable generation grew by 10 per cent, with its share of electricity generation up to 12 per cent from the 11 per cent share in the first quarter of 2012. Hydro generation decreased by 32 per cent on the first quarter of 2012 as a result of lower rainfall, whilst wind generation increased by 29 per cent, of which offshore wind generation rose by 68 per cent due to much increased capacity.

Industrial Energy Prices 2013 Q1:

Q1-2013-Industrial-Prices-Chart - Industrial Fuel Prices indices in real terms including the Climate Change Levy

 

Q1 2013 Industrial Prices Table

  • Average industrial gas prices, including CCL were 10.5 per cent higher in real terms in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012, whilst prices excluding CCL were 11.2 per cent higher.
  • Average industrial electricity prices were 2.3 per cent higher including CCL and 2.4 per cent higher excluding CCL, in real terms, in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012.
  • Average coal prices were 0.2 per cent lower in real terms including CCL and broadly unchanged excluding CCL in Q1 2013 compared to Q1 2012. Heavy fuel oil prices were 6.6 per cent lower in real terms than a year ago.
  • For the period July to December 2012, prices for industrial electricity consumers including taxes were above the EU15 median for all consumers except small consumers, which were at the median. UK industrial gas prices were the lowest in the EU15 for all sizebands of consumer including and excluding tax.

 

Q1 2013 - Total Primary Energy Consumption

 

Q1 2013 Total Energy Table

When examining seasonally adjusted and temperature corrected annualised rates:

  • Total inland energy consumption on a primary fuel input basis was 198.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent in the first quarter of 2013, 4.0 per cent lower than the same quarter in 2012.
  • Between the first quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, coal and other solid fuel consumption fell by 9.8 per cent.
  • Oil consumption fell by 6.6 per cent.
  • Gas consumption fell by 1.1 per cent.
  • Primary electricity consumption rose by 9.1 per cent.

Final energy consumption was 6.1 per cent higher in the first quarter of 2013, with domestic consumption up 18.2 per cent, reflecting the colder weather, compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The average temperature in the first quarter of 2013 was 2.7 degrees Celsius colder than the same period a year earlier. On a temperature corrected basis, final energy consumption was down 1.5 per cent over the same period.

Electricity

Q1 2013 Electricity Generated Chart

 

Q1 2013 Electricity Generated Table

  • Fuel used by generators in the first quarter of 2013 was 1.4 per cent higher than in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Generation from coal in the first quarter of 2013 fell by 1.2 per cent, while gas fell by 2.0 per cent compared with a year earlier. Nuclear rose by 6.3 per cent due to increased availability after outages in the same quarter a year ago.
  • Low carbon generation accounted for 30.4 per cent of generation in Q1 2013, compared to 28.4 per cent in the same period of 2012.
  • Total electricity generated in the first quarter of 2013 was 0.7 per cent higher than a year earlier.
  • Final consumption of electricity provisionally rose by 2.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2013. Domestic use increased by 2.3 per cent, consumption by the service sector was up 1.9 per cent, and industrial use was up 3.8 per cent.

 

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