In 2016, the sales of publicly distributed electricity amounted to 288.13 terawatt hours in the United Kingdom, having fallen from 290.1 terawatt hours sold the year before. Approximately 255 terawatt hours of publicly distributed electricity were sold in England and Wales, while Scotland recorded 25,36 terawatt hours and Northern Ireland saw sales of 7.36 terawatt hours.
Electricity export volumes reached 2,153 gigawatt hours in 2016, having increased from 1,778 gigawatt hours the previous year. By comparison, import volumes amounted to 19,699 gigawatt hours that same year, which was a decrease of more than 3,000 gigawatt hours. Overall, the trade balance of the United Kingdom was in deficit, at a negative 5.9 billion British pounds.