Jan 11, 2022 | Energy

How much renewable electricity does Scotland produce and consume ?

In 2019, renewables accounted for 61% of electricity generated in Scotland, nuclear 25%, and gas and oil 13%.

The Scottish Government estimates that in 2020, Scotland produced 32,063 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity, equivalent to around 97% of its entire electricity consumption. But this doesn’t mean that Scotland itself used all this electricity. Scotland exports a lot of its green electricity.

In fact, the Scottish Government estimates that, in 2020, 56% of the electricity consumed in Scotland came from renewable sources, 30% from nuclear and 13% from fossil fuels.

Renewables still account for far more of Scotland’s electricity consumption than in England and Wales.

So although the Scottish Government is making comparatively good progress on decarbonising electricity production there is still a way to go until all the electricity we consume in Scotland comes from renewable sources.

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