Load factor of electricity from hydropower in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

The load factor for electricity generation from both small scale and large-scale hydropower in UK has fluctuated since 2010. In 2018, the load factor of small-scale hydro decreased from the previous year to 37 percent. Load factors were typically lower for large scale hydro, except in 2015. Load factors are the ratio of how much electricity was produced as a share of the total generating capacity.

Role of hydropower in the energy mix

In 2018, hydropower accounted for approximately five percent of renewable electricity generation in the UK, generating 5,464 gigawatt-hours of electricity. Most of this was produced by large scale hydro. However, generation from small scale hydro has increased significantly since 2010.

Scottish hydropower

  With its high levels of rainfall, mountains and lakes, Scotland unsurprisingly accounts for more than 80 percent of the hydroelectric resources in the UK. The cumulative capacity of hydropower in Scotland reached 1,655 megawatts in 2018. In comparison, the installed capacity in England was just 44 megawatts in the same year.

Load factor of electricity from hydropower in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Load factor is based on average beginning and end of year capacity. For further details on the calculation see Dukes 2015 Chapter 6, paragraph 6.24.

Load factor is defined as the average load divided by the peak load in a specific time period.

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