We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Energy - Electricity Generation

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Electricity Generation

Renewables were the single largest source of electricity generated in Scotland in 2014 (38%) – higher than both nuclear generation (33%) and fossil fuel generation (28%) for the first time. Scotland continued to be a net exporter of electricity, exporting 23.7% of total generation in 2014, down from 28.0% in 2013. Overall electricity generation in Scotland decreased by 3,034 GWh to 49,929 GWh in 2014.

In 2014 renewables generated 38% of Scotland’s electricity output—the single highest contributor to electricity generation. Nuclear output decreased from 34.9% to 33.3% in 2014. Overall the levels of fossil fuel output decreased from 31.9% of total Scottish generation in 2013 to 27.7% in 2014. The proportion of generation from gas fell from 10.3% to 5.4%.

Electricity Generated by Source, 2000 to 2014

View chart data

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.

Further Information