Energy - Electricity Generation

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Electricity Generation

In 2012, Scotland generated a total of 49,498 GWh of electricity, a decrease of 3.4% on 2011. The main source of electricity generation in 2012 was nuclear power, accounting for 34% of the electricity generated. Output from nuclear power was particularly low in 2006 and 2007 due to unplanned condition related outages. Coal accounted for 25.0% of the total electricity generation in Scotland in 2012 - up from 21.1% in 2011.

Renewable sources accounted for 29.8% of electricity generated in 2012, an increase of 7.3% in the amount of electricity generated by renewables since 2011. 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 20.0% in 2012.

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Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change


(1) Coal includes a small quantity of non-renewable wastes and other thermal.

(2) Other renewables includes wind, wave, tidal, solar power and thermal renewables.

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