New statistics from the government have revealed the use of energy in the UK dropped in 2011, while more people looking for cheap electricity may have had the option of getting their power from green sources.
The figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change revealed primary energy consumption for the country was down by seven per cent from the previous year, or two per cent on a temperature adjusted basis.
One of the key reasons for this was that 2011 was the second warmest year of record, reducing the demand for fuel for heating, the government said.
It also revealed imports of gas exceeded UK-produced supplies for the first time, with this source being used to generate 41 per cent of electricity.
This fell from 48 per cent in 2010, as other fuel sources increased their share, with wind power accounting for four per cent of the market and low-carbon technologies making up a quarter of power generated overall.
This week, the House of Commons' Energy and Climate Change Committee called for more focus to be put on marine power, as it said the UK has the potential to be a world leader in this technology.
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