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Great Britain's monthly electricity stats

Ever wonder how much electricity is generated and used in Great Britain?

Good Friday scorcher helps solar energy rise

The hottest day of the year so far on Good Friday (23C) helped a small monthly surge in solar energy in April.

While the share of wind in the energy generation mix remained the same (23%) as last month, solar increased to 6.6% - up from 4.4% in March.

Gas topped the generation mix at 40%, up by 4% on the previous month, while imports almost halved from 9% to 5.1%.

Carbon intensity got as low as 40 gCO2/KWh at 1pm on St George’s Day April 23 – almost equalling the record of 39 gCO2/KWh – while average carbon intensity was 181 gCO2/KWh, a slight decrease on 186 gCO2/KWh from the previous month.

Craig Dyke


Craig Dyke

Interim Head of National Control









What happened in April?

Find out about Great Britain's electricity generation and how much came from sources such as wind, solar and biomass in our monthly snapshot.

Our control room experts continue to balance supply and demand second by second as we move into the spring months – and you can follow the electricity mix live in our carbon intensity app - available on Google Play Store and The App Store.

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