National Statistics

Energy Trends and Prices statistical release: 26 May 2016

The latest provisional monthly energy production, consumption and prices statistics produced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change were released on 26 May 2016.

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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 January to March 2016, compared to the same period a year earlier include:

  • Primary energy consumption in the UK on a fuel input basis fell by 4.6%, on a temperature adjusted basis consumption fell by 2.9% continuing the downward trend. (table ET 1.2)
  • Indigenous energy production rose by 3.9%, boosted by increased UK Continental Shelf production. (table ET 1.1)
  • Electricity generation by Major Power Producers down 4.0%, with coal down 50% but offset by increase in gas up 54%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Gas provided 40.4% of electricity generation by Major Power Producers, with renewables at 21.0%, nuclear at 20.5% and coal at a record low of 18.0%.* (table ET 5.4)
  • In March 2016 coal imports were at a record low level, despite production also being at record low levels, reflecting reduced demand from electricity generators. (table ET 2.5)
  • Wind generation by Major Power Producers down 3.8%, with offshore up 10.0% due to increased capacity, but onshore down 16.4% due to lower average wind speeds.* (table ET 5.4)
  • Low carbon share of electricity generation by Major Power Producers up 1.7 percentage points to 41.5%, due to rises in renewables, particularly bioenergy, generation.* (table ET 5.4)

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

Energy prices

Highlights for May 2016 compared to April 2016:

  • Petrol prices up 2.1 pence per litre on month whilst diesel prices up 2.4 pence per litre, these rises reflect the increase in the price of crude oil. (table QEP 4.1.1)

Contacts

Lead statistician Iain Macleay, Tel 0300 068 5048

Press enquiries, Tel 0300 060 4000

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 March 2016.

Statistics on average temperatures, wind speeds, sun hours and rainfall include data for the UK for the period up to the end of April 2016.

Statistics on energy prices include retail price data for the UK for April 2016, and petrol & diesel data for May 2016, with EU comparative data for April 2016.

Next release

The next release of provisional monthly energy statistics will take place on 30 June 2016.

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 DECC (kevin.harris@decc.gsi.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)
QEP 4.1.2 Typical retail prices of petroleum products and a crude oil price index (annual data)
International road fuel prices Contact: Matthew Gardner, Tel: 0300 068 5057
QEP 5.1.1 Premium unleaded petrol prices in the EU
QEP 5.2.1 Diesel prices in the EU
Published 26 May 2016