High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, December 20, 2012
In 2011, Scotland generated a total of 51,223 GWh of electricity, an increase of 2.5% on 2010. The main source of electricity generation in 2011 was nuclear power, accounting for 33% of the electricity generated. Output from nuclear power was particularly low in 2006 and 2007 due to unplanned condition related outages. Coal accounted for 21.1% of the total electricity generation in Scotland in 2011 - down from 29.5% in 2010.
Renewable sources accounted for 26.8% of electricity generated in 2011, an increase of 43.1% in the amount of electricity generated by renewables since 2010. The share of electricity generated from non-Hydro renewable sources (wind, wave, tidal, solar power and thermal renewables) has consistently increased every year from 0.6% in 2000 to 16.4% in 2011.
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Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change
(1) Coal includes a small quantity of non-renewable wastes.
(2) Other renewables includes wind, wave, tidal, solar power and thermal renewables.