Plant load factor of all power stations in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2022

Plant load factor (PLF) of all power stations in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2022

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Release date

July 2023


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2022

Supplementary notes

Plant Load Factor (PLF) is the ratio between the actual energy generated by the plant to the maximum possible energy that can be generated with the plant working at its rated power and for a duration of an entire year. This includes combined cycle gas turbine stations, nuclear stations, pumped storage hydroelectricity stations as well as conventional thermal power stations such as coal-fired stations, steam plants, gas turbines and oil engines, and plants producing electricity from thermal renewable sources. It also includes wind (from 2008), solar (from 2015) and natural flow hydro, using capacity that has not been de-rated for intermittency.

All load factors are calculated using the supply and capacity of Major Power Producers.
According to the source, the data cover the 12 months ending in March of the following year, e.g. 2020 data are for the year ending in March 2021.
This statistic is using original data from the Government Digital Service and includes copyright material from © Crown, licensed under the Open Government License v3.0

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