Powering the UK

Regional considerations

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The sector also contributes more, relatively, to the UK’s various regions than most others — it can therefore be said to be ‘sharing the wealth’, and acts in part as a counterbalance to the concentration of activity in the South East in sectors like finance.

The sector’s economic benefits are widely distributed across the economy, and much of its activity, such as generation, distribution and increasingly direct customer contact in the home, necessarily has to take place in the UK, and cannot therefore be taken off-shore.

The map shows the relative contribution of the sector to the regional economy — i.e., showing each region’s power and gas utility sector share of GVA relative to the UK average.



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