The nuclear power sector generated almost £3.5 billion turnover and employed 15,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Almost a quarter of low carbon electricity group acquisitions of capital assets were in the nuclear power sector.
The nuclear power sector accounts for a greater proportion of the low carbon economy in Scotland than in England for both turnover and full-time employees.
The ONS launched a new survey in 2015, collecting data on the low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy.
The UK Environmental Accounts: UK nuclear power sector, 2014 – reveals low carbon sources generated 132.2 terawatt hours (TWh), which accounted for 39% of UK electricity generation.
Low carbon energy sources are approximately evenly split between nuclear (48.4%) and renewable energy sources (51.6%) such as solar photovoltaic, offshore wind, onshore wind, hydro, landfill gas, and other bioenergy. The nuclear power sector generated 64 TWh of electricity.
The low carbon and renewable energy economy survey was designed to provide statistics on 17 low carbon sectors, including the nuclear power sector as well as offshore wind; onshore wind; solar photovoltaic and hydropower.
The nuclear power sector exported £43.5million in goods and services in 2014, less then 1% higher than the exports of the solar sector.