ScottishPower


ScottishPower Fuel Mix Disclosure

All suppliers, including ScottishPower, are required to provide information about the mix of fuels they use to generate the electricity they supply to their customers. They also need to disclose the environmental impact of this fuel mix.

This information is known as the Fuel Mix Disclosure and is published annually.

Shown below is ScottishPower’s Fuel Mix Disclosures for the latest reporting year as well as previous years. We will update this page with the latest Fuel Mix Disclosures as they become available.

ScottishPower Fuel Mix – Current

In October 2018, ScottishPower announced that it will completely drop generation of electricity from fossil fuels and shift to wind power instead. It has sold off its remaining gas and hydro power stations to Drax. In doing so, it became the first of the Big 6 UK energy suppliers to fully switch to renewables for electricity generation.

Although ScottishPower customers will still get some of their electricity from non-renewable sources, due to historic power purchase contracts, its Fuel Mix will likely decisively shift towards renewable electricity when the next disclosures are made in October 2019.

ScottishPower Fuel Mix 2017/2018

The table below shows the ScottishPower Fuel Mix Disclosure for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Energy SourceScottishPowerUK Average
Source: ScottishPower
Coal7%7.64%
Natural gas66%41.24%
Nuclear10%20.01%
Renewables15%29.04%
Other fuels2%2.07%
CO2 emissions (g/kWh)310225
High-level radioactive waste (g/kWh)0.00070.0014

Over this period, ScottishPower relied heavily on fossil fuel sources for its electricity (73%).  Consequently, the proportion of electricity generated from both renewables and nuclear sources was well below the UK average; approximately half the average in both cases. Consequently, its CO2 emissions were 38% above the UK average. Its high-level radioactive emissions were below the UK average.

Compared to the previous year, ScottishPower significantly cut back on its purchases of renewable electricity and switched to fossil fuels, primarily electricity generation from gas. This was against the general shift towards renewables.

ScottishPower Fuel Mix 2016/2017

The table below shows the ScottishPower Fuel Mix Disclosure for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Energy SourceScottishPowerUK Average
Sources: ScottishPower, electricityinfo
Coal7%8.5%
Natural gas57%44.1%
Nuclear6%21.0%
Renewables28%24.2%
Other fuels2%2.2%
CO2 emissions (g/kWh)280254
High-level radioactive waste (g/kWh)0.00040.0015

Compared to the previous period ScottishPower has significantly cut down on purchases of electricity from coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, and switched this to gas. However, 64% of the electricity is sells comes from fossil fuels leaving its carbon emissions 10% above the UK average.

ScottishPower Fuel Mix 2015/2016

The table below shows the ScottishPower Fuel Mix Disclosure for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Energy SourceScottishPowerUK Average
Source:s ScottishPower, electricityinfo
Coal34%17.1%
Natural gas36%32.3%
Nuclear3%23.7%
Renewables26%24.3%
Other fuels1%2.5%
CO2 emissions (g/kWh)460290
High-level radioactive waste (g/kWh)0.00020.0017

With 34% of its electricity generation coming from coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, and another 36% from gas, resulted in carbon emissions well above (58% above) the UK average.

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