Renewable Energy

The following provides information and analysis on the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources and is dis-aggregated from the UK level to local authority level, supplied by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

It includes information on capacity, generation and number of operational sites in County Durham.

Key Points:

  • In 2021 it was estimated that over 122.1 million megawatt hours (MWh) – (see the definition below) – of electricity was generated from renewable energy sources in the UK, down from 134.7
  • million megawatt hours (MWh) in 2020,
  • In County Durham 442,000 MWh of electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2021, down from 523,700 MWh in 2020,
  • The number of on-shore wind turbines in County Durham is low at 94 (2021), however, they produced 48.4% of the renewable electricity in 2021 in the county.  This was equivalent to 214,000 MWh,
  • Plant biomass is the second largest contributor to renewable electricity production in the county providing 25.4% of the total electricity generated in 2021 from renewable sources (112,700 MWh),
  • Photovoltaics are the most common form of renewable energy site in County Durham with over 9,700 sites and in 2021.  They had a capacity of 57 megawatts (MW) and in 2021 generated an estimated 47,300 MWh of electricity –  10.7% of the total .

Definition: A MW is equal to 1,000 kilowatts (kW).  A megawatt-hour (MWh) is a unit of measure of electric energy. A MWh is 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh).  An MWh is the amount of electricity generated by a one megawatt (MW) electric generator operating or producing electricity for one hour.

Further information on this topic can be found on the GOV.UK website and the interactive charts below give access to the time series data for County Durham.