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:
|Year||Simultaneous Maximum Load Met (MW)||Date|
|2009||60,231||-||7 January 2010|
|2008||60,289||-||January 2009 (no specific date)|
|2007||61,527||-||17 December 2007|
|2006||59,071||-||23 January 2007|
|2005||61,697||-||29 November 2005|
|2004||61,013||5,579||13 December 2004|
|2003||60,501||5,909||8 December 2003|
|2002||61,717||5,688||10 December 2002|
|2001||58,589||5,504||January 2001 (no specific date)|
|2000||58,452||5,861||December 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.