Energy Statistics for Scotland - Q1 2023

Overview of key facts and trends relating to energy in Scotland for Q1 2023.

Key points


  • There was 10.3 TWh of renewable electricity generated in Scotland between January and March 2023. This is a 9% decrease compared to Q1 2022 and is most likely due to a decrease in the amount of wind in Q1 2023 compared to Q1 2022.


  • Renewable electricity capacity has increased in Q1 2023. In March 2023 Scotland had 14.2 GW installed capacity, which is a 0.3 GW increase from December 2022.


  • There is an additional 21.9 GW of renewable electricity capacity at various stages of development in the pipeline, of which 12.3 GW are onshore wind projects.


  • In 2021, electricity generated in Scotland added on average an estimated 26.9 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour into the atmosphere (gCO2e/ kWh). This means that we continue to meet our ambition, set out in the 2018 Climate Change Plan, to have an electricity grid intensity below 50g CO2 per kilowatt hour


  • In 2021, road transport energy consumption increased by 19.1% compared to 2020. This is likely due to the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in 2021.
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