Electricity production in the UK - Statistics & Facts

The demand for electricity in the United Kingdom has been decreasing. Dropping from 389,744 in 2000 to 356,749 gigawatt hours in 2016, although a peak was recorded in 2005 at 406,455 gigawatt hours. Domestic consumption amounted to 107,971 gigawatt hours that same year, having also seen a net decline since 2000. The volume of electricity supplied echoed this development, decreasing to to 356,943 gigawatt hours in 2016.

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.

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