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Analysis: UK electricity generation in 2018 falls to the lowest level since 1994

The UK electricity generation was recorded lowest since 1994. Image: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Simon Evans

Policy Editor, Carbon Brief

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 UK electricity generation 1920-2018, terawatt hours (TWh) per year (blue line) and what would have happened if per-capita generation had remained at 2005 levels (dashed red line).
UK electricity generation 1920-2018, terawatt hours (TWh) per year (blue line) and what would have happened if per-capita generation had remained at 2005 levels (dashed red line). Image: BEIS, BM Reports, Sheffield Solar and Carbon Brief analysis. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts.

Changes in UK electricity generation (red) and real GDP (blue) relative to their levels in 1980, which is set equal to 100.
Changes in UK electricity generation (red) and real GDP (blue) relative to their levels in 1980, which is set equal to 100. Image: World Bank, BEIS, BM Reports, Sheffield Solar and Carbon Brief analysis. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts.

UK electricity generation 2009-2018 by source (terawatt hours).
UK electricity generation 2009-2018 by source (terawatt hours). Image: BEIS, BM Reports, Sheffield Solar and Carbon Brief analysis. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts
Annual UK electricity generation by type of fuel (terawatt hours).
Annual UK electricity generation by type of fuel (terawatt hours). Image: BEIS, BM Reports, Sheffield Solar and Carbon Brief analysis. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts.
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