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DECC: UK Remains a Net Importer of Energy

August 1, 2014 By Karen Henry

UKEnergyImports-energy-manageThe UK remained a net importer of energy, with an increased dependency level of 47 percent, according to the “Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2014” released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This continues the trend from 2004 when the UK once again became a net importer of fuel. In 2013 the UK was a net importer of all fuels, as imports of petroleum products in total exceeded exports following the closure of the Coryton refinery.

The Digest provides detailed analysis of production, transformation and energy consumption in 2013. The publication includes the following key statistics:

  • Primary energy production fell by 6.3 percent from a year earlier due to record low coal output following mine closures.
  • Final energy consumption rose by 0.7 percent, reflecting the colder weather in 2013. On a temperature-adjusted basis, energy consumption was down 0.3 percent continuing the downward trend of the last nine years.
  • Electricity generated from renewable sources in 2013 increased by 30 percent from a year earlier and accounted for 14.9 percent of total UK electricity generation, up from 11.3 percent in 2012. Total renewables accounted for 5.2 percent of energy consumption in 2013, up from 4.2 percent in 2012.
  • Gross natural gas production fell 6.2 percent in 2013. This reflects the continuing long-term decline in UK natural gas production, which has fallen by an average of 8.0 percent per year since 2000, when production peaked.
  • Energy imports were at record levels in 2013, up 2.3 percent from 2012 levels.


One comment on “DECC: UK Remains a Net Importer of Energy

  1. Couple of comments – North Sea oil drove the drop in the 1970s. The rise (in the 1980s) was due to Thatcher closing coal mines in the mid-1980s to 1990s, the further drop was due to the move to gas-powered generation coupled to more efficient use of energy. The rise in the late 1990s was due to North Sea oil/gas running out.

    It is worth noting that the UK, unlike Norway, did not invest oil revenues in a Sovereign Wealth fund – it threw it away on an engineered depression (early 1980s) and tax cuts for the upper & middle classes who spent it on imports. Bravo.

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