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Energy: Electricity Generation

Volume 711: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of electricity consumed in England and Wales was produced by hydroelectric power in each of the past five years for which figures are available. [HL3825]

Data are available for the amount of hydro-electricity generated in England and Wales, as well as the amount of electricity consumed. This is shown in the table below. Data for both series are currently available for 2004 to 2007, with 2008 data for hydro-electricity available in September 2009, and for electricity consumption in December 2009. Also shown are data for UK hydro-electricity generation—data for 2008 available in July 2009.

Total electricity consumption in England and Wales (GWh)

Hydro-electricity generation in England and Wales (GWh)

Hydro-electricity generation in the UK (GWh)

Hydroelectricity generated in E&W as a percentage of electricity consumption in E&W

2004

307,512

356.7

4,843.6

0.12%

2005

313,453

295.2

4,921.1

0.09%

2006

311,739

335.2

4,592.6

0.11%

2007

309,211

356.7

5,088.4

0.12%