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Energy Trends and Prices statistical release: 22 December 2015

The latest provisional monthly energy statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change were released on 22 December 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.


Highlights for the 3 month period August to October 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis rose by 1.3%, on a temperature adjusted basis it fell by 1.4%. (table ET 1.2)
  • Indigenous energy production rose by 12.0%, boosted by increased UKCS production with oil up 24% and gas up 11.9%. (table ET 1.1)
  • Electricity generation by Major Power Producers from coal and gas down by 10.7%, with this being offset by increased generation from low carbon sources and imports.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Gas provided 37.0% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with nuclear at 23.8% and coal at 22.6%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Wind generation by Major Power Producers down 4.0%, whilst overall renewables up 5.3% with strong growth in biomass.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 5.9 percentage points to 40.5%, due to rises in nuclear and renewables generation.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Petrol prices down 3.2 pence per litre on month whilst diesel prices down 2.0 pence per litre, prices for both fuels are at their lowest levels since August and October 2009 respectively. (table QEP 4.1.1)

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 October 2015.

Statistics on average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of November 2015.

Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for November 2015, and petrol & diesel data for December 2015, with EU comparative data for November 2015.

The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 26 November 2015.

The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 28 January 2016.

Provisional energy statistics for Q3 2015 (July to September), have also been released today in the quarterly statistical publications (Energy Trends) and (Energy Prices).

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

To access the latest data tables please click on the relevant subject link(s) below.

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 DECC (

Subject and table number Title
Total Energy  
ET 1.1 Indigenous production of primary fuels
ET 1.2 Inland energy consumption: primary fuel input basis
ET 2.5 Coal production and foreign trade
ET 2.6 Coal consumption and coal stocks
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
ET 4.2 Natural gas production and supply
ET 4.3 Natural gas imports and exports
ET 4.4 Natural gas imports
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
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
Domestic energy price indices  
QEP 2.1.1 Retail prices index: fuel components
QEP 2.1.2 Retail prices index: fuel components, relative to GDP deflator
QEP 2.1.3 Retail prices index: fuels components monthly figures
Monthly and annual prices of road fuels and petroleum product  
QEP 4.1.1 Typical retail prices of petroleum products and a crude oil price index (monthly data)
QEP 4.1.2 Typical retail prices of petroleum products and a crude oil price index (annual data)
International road fuel prices  
QEP 5.1.1 Premium unleaded petrol prices in the EU
QEP 5.2.1 Diesel prices in the EU
Published 22 December 2015