Government provide UK energy mix statistics in detail – notable reduction in coal

For readers who, might – just might, have become interested in the current state of the UK’s energy issues, I’ve got a couple more articles on the topic to feed that interest.

In the December 22nd Press Notice from the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy on the release of Qtr3 2016 UK energy statistics is this,

Low carbon electricity’s share of generation accounted for a record high 50.0 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, up from 45.3 per cent in the same period of 2015, with increased generation from renewables (wind and solar) and nuclear.


What’s startling in the Press Notice is the table showing the reduction in the amount of coal used for power generation. See table below. This important change is explained in the complete UK Energy Trends statistics for Qtr3 2016 – all 110 pages of it. Here’s part of the story from the report – associated with the table below.

Coal production in the third quarter of 2016 was 1.0 million tonnes, 28 per cent lower than the third quarter of 2015. This was mainly due to the last large deep mine Kellingley closing in December 2015. Deep mine production fell by 99 per cent to 5 thousand tonnes (a new record low). There are just seven small deep mines remaining. Surface mine production rose by 1.8 per cent to 1.0 million tonnes


In Halfax Quality of Life Survey, Hart drops to 26, while Surrey Heath nowhere

I’ve followed the annual Halifax Quality of Life Surveys – Best Places to Live – since 2007. I’ve remarked on the inconsistent methodology for compiling the survey, HERE last year, and HERE about statistics.

daily-mail-graphicI’ve not found the Halifax press release on their 2016 Quality of Life Survey on their website, or anywhere on the Lloyds Banking Group website – most annoying. I did find the Bank of Scotland press release on the Orkney Islands being second on the list. The Daily Mail’s article Do you live in one of the 50 best places to live?  has extensive coverage of the survey. Here’s the table of the top 20 places. For the table of the top 50, go to the Daily Mail article. [Hatip to Daily Mail for graphic – click to expand].

  1. Winchester, South East
  2. Orkney Islands, Scotland
  3. Wychavon, West Midlands
  4. Derbyshire Dales, East Midlands
  5. Hambleton, Yorkshire and the Humber
  6. South Cambridgeshire, East of England
  7. Purbeck, South West
  8. St Albans, East of England
  9. Wokingham, South East
  10. Chiltern, South East
  11. West Oxfordshire, South East
  12. South Hams, South West
  13. South Oxfordshire, South East
  14. Tonbridge and Malling, South East
  15. West Dorset, South West
  16. South Northamptonshire, East Midlands
  17. Waverley, South East
  18. Shetland Islands, Scotland
  19. Horsham, South East
  20. City of London, London

Essentially, the survey is a Halifax marketing exercise. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, I reckon they rejigged the components specifically to ensure that Hart didn’t retain it’s position as number 1. The whole survey is suspect when one considers that Hart, the ‘best place to live’ in the Britain over the last five years fell to number 26 in this year’s survey. Surrey Heath, well placed in previous years, even becoming third one year doesn’t make it into the top 50. Decidedly odd.

Halifax said one reason was the inclusion of two new categories in its research – the number of pubs and the availability of leisure centres.

Immigration surprise, the vast majority of migration is domestic

The Office for National Statistics this week released detailed UK Migration statistics from the 2011 Census.  Stating, “Internal migration statistics give estimates of people and households who moved to another area within the UK in the year preceding the 2011 Census”.

Migrant statisticsThe benefit of releasing this data is that people and organisations can make use of it. This is what City A.M. have done, by presenting the migration statistics graphically, making it easily understandable. The City A.M. article says,

“According to new analysis of 2011 census data by the Office for National Statistics, the vast majority of migration is domestic; residents move between areas far more often than they come from abroad. This may not be all that surprising to everyone, but it’s notable that your job may be more likely to come under pressure from a UK resident moving into an area than a person coming from abroad.”

Here’s one of the maps from the article [click on image to expand], which shows net migration in the UK; negative values [anything not in blue on the map] show that more people moved into a local authority than out of it, meaning a net inflow.

Here’s a depressing statistic

With much furore around the latest investigation in gun violence in the USA, I came across the fact in 2012 that 24* murders a day in the USA are by guns. This figure doesn’t include suicides, and accidental death by shooting pushing the number to over 30 a day.

Source: *Guardian,

Twelve data maps of London reveal trends

Two things I love – great statistical presentation and big data. Big data, as defined by SAS “is a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured. And big data may be as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become. Why? More data may lead to more accurate analyses.”

The BBC News Magazine reports on a new book – London the Information Capital – the authors have collected data from many differing sources and then presented the data in ways that enhance understanding.

The BBC News Magazine report has 12 data portraits of London, from the 100 in the book. Fascinating data, and intelligent ways of presenting it.

Ok, so how many UK citizens have a passport?

Having previously found a source for the number of Americans who hold a passport – just 46%. How many UK citizens hold a passport?

The Office for National Statistics has part of the answer. They state, in an analysis of results from the 2011 census for England and Wales, not including Northern Ireland and Scotland.

“Of the 56.1 million usually resident population of England and Wales in 2011, 76 per cent (42.5million) held a UK passport, 7.4 per cent (4.2 million) held a foreign passport only (of which 372,000 were Irish passports). There were 17 per cent (9.5 million) who stated they did not hold a passport.”

So, 83% is the answer for England and Wales. This table from the analysis shows the startling change in population birth nationalities between the 2001 and 2011 census.

Birth nationality table

How many Americans have a passport?

As a follow up to the previous article about how odd American TV shows can be, here’s proof of sorts, that as the majority of Americans don’t own a passport they lack a world view.

I oughtn’t to be too critical, as America is a continent, there’s just so much to see and experience in the United States of America, plus I like America and Americans in general.

Anyway, in the article – How many Americans have a passport? – in The Expeditioner they’ve done the research into the % of Americans owning a passport, turns out it’s 46%. Though the article provides the breakdown of passport ownership by state, which shows a wide variety from just 18% in Mississippi to 62% in New Jersey.

Questions on the value of data on richest parts of England & Wales

Readers of this blog will know of my fondness for tables about our borough. The Daily Telegraph has one such table. Where the richest part of every borough is presented on a map of England and Wales.

Richest place in Surrey HeathTo compile their tables, they’ve used areas known as “middle super output areas” [MSOA]. It is a statistical construct of the Office for National Statistics [ONS] to contain 2,000 to 6,000 households, or a population of 5,000 to 15,000. They don’t always match the more widely recognised electoral wards. The clip from the map of Surrey Heath shows a MSOA that’s a combination of Town and St Paul’s wards in Camberley.

Most interestingly is this final sentence in the article,

“The data are classified as experimental statistics by the ONS, and cover the period from April 2007 to March 2008.”

With all the changes to wealth and employment in the last 7 years, this table is surely of only passing interest. It seems to me, therefore, to be pointless to extract a table comparing Surrey Heath to its neighbours.

Ward-level 2011 census data available through Surrey-i

I’ve been reminded that the 2011 Census data for England and Wales is also available thru Surrey-I.

Surrey-i says its purpose “is a one-stop treasure trove of data, information, specialist reports, summary analysis and headline statistics, covering Surrey’s demographics, our economy and public services.”

It’s a lot easier, and quicker, to view the latest release of data from the 2011 Census through Surrey-i than through the ONS website. To make life even easier for you, here are the links that take you directly to the Surrey Heath Wards,

Viewing the data offers the opportunity to acquire interesting data about where you live, which you can use to amaze, or perhaps bore, people with your knowledge.

London, a top worlwide destination city

It’s that time of year when there’s a flurry of market research reports. Yesterday, Euromonitor International released their report Top 100 Destination Cities ranking, a list of the world’s top cities in terms of international tourist arrivals in 2011.

London retained its position in the top 3, after Hong Kong, and Singapore. It’s interesting to note that London was the only UK city in the top 100, while Italy has four cities, USA has seven, and Thailand also has four. Shows how important London is to the UK’s tourist economy. Here’s the top 10 from the list [the final column is 2011 Growth %]:

Top City Destinations Ranking 2011            
Country City Rank 2011 Arrivals (000s) 2011 Growth(%)  
Hong Kong, China Hong Kong 1 21830.2 8.8  
Singapore Singapore 2 19818.1 8.7  
United Kingdom London 3 15106.1 2.7  
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 4 13315.4 16.0  
China Macau 5 12925.16 8.4  
Thailand Bangkok 6 12357.4 12.5  
Turkey Antalya 7 12052.4 13.3  
China Shenzhen 8 10894.6 6.8  
USA New York City 9 10038 3.5  
Turkey Istanbul 10 9765.2 20.2