Scottish renewable electricity at record levels

02 April 2019

Article: 53/1307

Renewable electricity generation in Scotland reached record levels in 2018. The latest figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show that the equivalent of 74.6% of gross electricity consumption was from renewable sources.

Renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 26,708 GWh, a 6.1% increase on the previous record in 2017.  This output of electricity is the equivalent of powering all households in Scotland for more than two-and-a-half years.

The latest statistics also show: 

  • The growth of Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity has risen from 10.0 GW in 2017 to 10.9 GW in 2018.
  • 2018 saw a big increase in electricity generated via offshore wind, with capacity and generation both more than doubling compared to 2017. Generation increased from 616 GWh in 2017 to 1,369 GWh in 2018, while capacity has increased from 246 MW to 623 MW. 
  • It was a record year for electricity exports in Scotland, as net exports have almost doubled from 12,868 GWh in 2017 to 24,379 GWh in 2018.

Source: Scottish Government, 28 March 2019