– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st February 2011.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

Question S3W-38905

To ask the Scottish Executive what the peak demand for electricity consumption (a) has been in each of the last 10 years and (b) is forecast to be in each of the next 10 years.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

Regular monitoring and forecasting of peak electricity demand is the responsibility of the National Grid and annual (historical) figures for the UK are published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. But forecast information is not held centrally.

From 2005, following the introduction of the British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements, official figures for Scotland are not available separately. Information before then is listed in the following table:

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YearSimultaneous Maximum Load Met (MW)Date
200960,231-7 January 2010
200860,289-January 2009 (no specific date)
200761,527-17 December 2007
200659,071-23 January 2007
200561,697-29 November 2005
200461,0135,57913 December 2004
200360,5015,9098 December 2003
200261,7175,68810 December 2002
200158,5895,504January 2001 (no specific date)
200058,4525,861December 1999(no specific date)

Source: Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (Department for Energy and Climate Change).

Data covers the period ending March of the following year, for example, data for 2009 are for the year ending March 2010.

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