To the delight of all energy geeks (such as ourselves), the UK government have released a goldmine of information for us to get our teeth into. Yes, the annual 'Energy consumption in the United Kingdom’ (ECUK) statistics have been published. ECUK is a National Statistics publication that looks at UK energy use trends and extrapolates a picture of where the country is at in terms of energy use.
The report is broken down into 5 seperate chapters, each focussing on a different sector:
- CHAPTER 1: OVERALL ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
- CHAPTER 2: TRANSPORT SECTOR
- CHAPTER 3: DOMESTIC SECTOR
- CHAPTER 4: INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
- CHAPTER 5: SERVICES SECTOR
Helpfully, each section is avalailable in an Excel format with summarising PDF files which explain the meaning behind the numbers.
For example, the graph below illustrates the total primary energy consumption by fuel, UK, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2011 - we can see the decline of Solid Fuels, the rise of Gas and Electricity and the recent emergence of Bioenergy.
They can all be downloaded from here: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/ecuk/ecuk.aspx