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Electricity consumption in the UK - Statistics & facts

As in many developed countries, the past two decades have seen electricity consumption in the United Kingdom declining. Energy efficiency measures, greater awareness of electricity saving among consumers, increased use of renewable resources, and struggling energy-intensive industries have all contributed to this trend. In 2019, net power supply fell to 307.57 terawatt hours, down from 376.78 terawatt hours in 2005. However, the UK still ranks ninth in a list of largest consumers of electricity per capita worldwide, which is the third highest per capita consumption in Europe following France and Germany.

Gas-fired turbines continue to be the greatest power source in the UK, although the use of renewables has continued to increase every year and climbed to 119.3 terawatt hours in 2019. That same year electricity imports came to 24.6 terawatt hours, the highest figure within the reporting period.

In total, final electricity consumption equaled approximately 25.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. As people look to stay warm and cozy during winter months and are required to turn on lights to compensate for less daylight hours, January sees the greatest monthly electricity consumption in the UK. That month, figures generally oscillated between 28 and 30 terawatt hours.

Falling in the same manner as total figures, annual domestic electricity consumption decreased to some 104 terawatt hours by 2019. However, usage was not equally distributed among regions. Households in the South West of England gobbled up the most power, ahead of the East of England.

Despite steadily declining electricity consumption, consumers may not have noticed a difference when looking at their energy bills. Industry expenditure on electricity for example shot to a peak of nearly 8.3 billion British pounds in 2019.

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Electricity consumption in the UK - Statistics & facts

As in many developed countries, the past two decades have seen electricity consumption in the United Kingdom declining. Energy efficiency measures, greater awareness of electricity saving among consumers, increased use of renewable resources, and struggling energy-intensive industries have all contributed to this trend. In 2019, net power supply fell to 307.57 terawatt hours, down from 376.78 terawatt hours in 2005. However, the UK still ranks ninth in a list of largest consumers of electricity per capita worldwide, which is the third highest per capita consumption in Europe following France and Germany.

Gas-fired turbines continue to be the greatest power source in the UK, although the use of renewables has continued to increase every year and climbed to 119.3 terawatt hours in 2019. That same year electricity imports came to 24.6 terawatt hours, the highest figure within the reporting period.

In total, final electricity consumption equaled approximately 25.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. As people look to stay warm and cozy during winter months and are required to turn on lights to compensate for less daylight hours, January sees the greatest monthly electricity consumption in the UK. That month, figures generally oscillated between 28 and 30 terawatt hours.

Falling in the same manner as total figures, annual domestic electricity consumption decreased to some 104 terawatt hours by 2019. However, usage was not equally distributed among regions. Households in the South West of England gobbled up the most power, ahead of the East of England.

Despite steadily declining electricity consumption, consumers may not have noticed a difference when looking at their energy bills. Industry expenditure on electricity for example shot to a peak of nearly 8.3 billion British pounds in 2019.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Electricity consumption in the UK".

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