Energy Management

Island's Energy Demand

 

Energy demand and supply by local authority area has been measured by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since 2005. Regional and local authority electricity consumption statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

While the population has grown on the Isle of Wight, energy consumption has decreased since the 2005 baseline. This is likely to be largely due to improvements in energy efficiency. These improvements may include changes in technology or better insulation of buildings.

Energy use is expressed here in GWh. This stands for gigawatt hours, or a unit of energy representing one billion (1,000,000,000) watt hours.

Total energy consumption on the Isle of Wight has declined from 2,806.3 GWh in 2005 to 2,425.5 GWh in 2018. This includes all types of fuel used in:

  • Industry and commerce;
  • housing;
  • and transport.

According to BEIS, the average household uses 3,731,000 watt hours per year. This means 2,425.5 GWh is about enough electricity to power one average UK home for about 650,093 years.

Total energy consumption in GWh for the Isle of Wight

Year

Industrial/ Commercial

Domestic

Transport

Total

2005

1,030.4

1,318.7

462.2

2,811.3

2018

2018 is the latest year for which data is available.

861.8

1,135.7

428

2,425.5

 

Total electricity consumption fell from 625 GWh in 2005 to 539 GWh in 2018.

Total gas consumption fell from 1,381 GWh in 2005 to 1087.3 GWh in 2018.

Use of transport fuel fell from 39,200 tonnes of oil equivalent in 2005 to 36,800 tonnes of oil equivalent in 2018. Approximately 75% of transport fuel consumption is for personal transport and 25% for freight transport.