Energy - Electricity Generation

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Electricity Generation

In 2013, Scotland generated a total of 53,071 GWh of electricity, an increase of 5.2% on 2012. The main source of electricity generation in 2013 was nuclear power, accounting for 34.9% of the electricity generated. Output from nuclear power was particularly low in 2006 and 2007 due to unplanned condition related outages. Coal accounted for 20.6% of the total electricity generation in Scotland in 2013 - down from 23.7% in 2012.

Renewable sources accounted for 32.0% of electricity generated in 2013, an increase of 16.3% in the amount of electricity generated by renewables since 2012. 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 23.7% in 2013.

Electricity generation

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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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