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Trends and forecasts
Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices
Quarterly report published by Ernst & Young giving scores for national renewable energy markets and infrastructure, including data for individual technologies and countries.
Annual publication from BP projecting long-term trends in energy production, trade and consumption around the world. The full report, individual region and country factsheets and Excel data tables are available to download.
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the energy, utilities and recycling industry from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
European Solar Thermal Iusndtry Federation (ESTIF)
The ESTIF publishes an annual analysis of European solar thermal markets. Solar Thermal Markets in Europe - Trends and Statistics 2015 was published in November 2016. A summary is available to download for free.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including renewable energy. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
Report covering the UK renewable energy market. The website includes a summary and a contents listing.
Statistics on the UK
RenewableUK (formerly known as the British Wind Energy Association) maintains the UK Wind Energy Database (UKWED), which gives statistics on the number of turbines, megawatts generated, homes equivalent and emissions reductions. Information on wind farm projects in operation, planned or under construction is also available.
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:
- Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicles and cycle engines (28.11)
See Section C: Manufacturing
- Production of electricity (35.11)
See Section D: Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Statistics on Europe
Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:
- number of enterprises
- turnover or gross premiums written
- production value
- value added at factor cost
- gross operating surplus
- wages and salaries
- social security costs
- gross investment in tangible goods
- gross investment in land
- gross investment in existing buildings and structures
- gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
- gross investment in machinery and equipment
- number of employees
- number of persons employed per enterprise.
Statistics within the database are available for:
- Manufacture of electric motors, generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control apparatus (C271)
- Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicles and cycle engines (C2811)
- Electric power generation, transmission and distribution (D351)
See database section ‘SBS – industry and construction’.
The Energy Institute produces an annual Statistical Review of World Energy containing detailed data on reserves, prices, trade, production and consumption of different energy sources broken down by country, region and sector. Historical data is also available to download. The report covers oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, hydroelectricity, renewable energy and primary energy.
International Energy Agency
- gross electricity generation
- gross heat production
- domestic supply
- energy industry own use
- final consumption by sector.
The IEA also publishes several annual statistical reports on the sector, including Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report and Renewables Information. Each report contains detailed country-by-country data and analysis of historical and current market trends. They can be purchased from the OECD and IEA bookshop.
- number of employees
- number of establishments
- value added
- total wages and salaries.
Statistics by country are available for:
- Electricity distribution & control apparatus (3120)
UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database
The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.
Figures are available for:
- Electrical energy (17)
The Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) includes average employment costs within this sector which can be found in Table 14. Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for:
- managers in mining and energy;
- science and technology professionals;
- science and engineering technicians;
- energy plant operatives.
The annual Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), published by the Office for National Statistics, includes total employee and employment estimates for different industries for Great Britain and the UK. Figures are broken down to show full-time/part-time and public/private splits. The dataset Industry – Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES): Table 2 includes statistics for:
- Manufacture of electric motors, generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control apparatus (271)
- Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicles and cycle engines (28110)
- Electric power generation, transmission and distribution (351)
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Legislation and regulation
Generating low carbon electricity Policy paper from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on how low-carbon electricity is recognised and certified. Includes information for renewable electricity suppliers and generators. Published on 31 December 2020.
UK key players, ratios and trends
The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
Energy industry guide: British Library
British Library industry guides provide listings of resources for industry-specific information, including print directories and materials held by the British Library.
Contact the British Library Business and IP Centre for more information.
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