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Parliamentary Question (Correction)

Volume 554: debated on Tuesday 27 November 2012

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West on 8 November 2012, Official Report, column 709-710W. The information included within the table contained some incorrect figures and these have been amended.

The full answer given was:

Michael Crockhart (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what the total output of electricity in Scotland was from (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) nuclear generation from 1 January to 30 June 2012. (127730)

John Hayes: The table shows the generation of electricity (GWh) by fuel type in Scotland in 2010:

Fuel Type

Scotland

UK total

Scotland as a percentage of the UK total

Coal

14,715

107,694

14%

Oil

1,213

4,860

25%

Gas

8,381

175,003

5%

Nuclear

16,381

70,323

23%

Thermal renewables

299

5,358

6%

Hydro natural flow

3,266

3,603

91%

Hydro pumped storage

1,830

5,416

34%

Non-thermal renewables

3,825

8,872

43%

Total

49,908

381,129

13%

Source: Table 2, special feature article titled “Electricity generation and supply figures for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England”, Energy Trends December 2011 (http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/stats/publications/energy-trends/3917-trends-dec-2011.pdf).

Generation statistics have been provided to answer this question because statistics on the supply of electricity are not available at this level of detail i.e. only available as a UK total.

Statistics on the generation of electricity at this level of detail are not yet available for 2011 or 2012. These will become available in an annual article “Electricity generation and supply figures for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England”, which is published in the quarterly edition of Energy Trends. The 2011 statistics will be published in the December 2012 edition at 9.30 am on Thursday 20 December 2012. The 2012 statistics will not be available until December 2013. These statistics can be accessed via the DECC website when published:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/trends/trends.aspx.

The correct answer should have been:

The table shows the generation of electricity (GWh) by fuel type in Scotland in 2010:

Fuel Type

Scotland

UK total

Scotland as a percentage of the UK total

Coal

14,715

107,694

14%

Gas

8,381

175,003

5%

Nuclear

15,293

62,140

25%

Oil

1,213

4,860

25%

Thermal renewables

1,387

11,916

12%

Other thermal sources

0

1,625

0%

Hydro natural flow

3,266

3,603

91%

Hydro pumped storage

779

3,150

25%

Non-thermal renewables

4,862

10,216

48%

Waste

14

922

2%

Total

49,910

381,129

13%

Source: Table 2, special feature article titled “Electricity generation and supply figures for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England”, Energy Trends December 2011 (http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/stats/publications/energy-trends/3917-trends-dec-2011.pdf).

Generation statistics have been provided to answer this question because statistics on the supply of electricity are not available at this level of detail i.e. only available as a UK total.

Statistics on the generation of electricity at this level of detail are not yet available for 2011 or 2012. These will become available in an annual article “Electricity generation and supply figures for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England”, which is published in the quarterly edition of Energy Trends. The 2011 statistics will be published in the December 2012 edition at 9.30 am on Thursday 20 December 2012. The 2012 statistics will not be available until December 2013. These statistics can be accessed via the DECC website when published:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/trends/trends.aspx.