Please note we no longer conduct this survey.

Aim of this survey

The Office for National Statistics conducts the Quarterly Survey into Electricity Generated (EGS) on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

This survey is the most effective way of collecting the data needed to give an overall picture of electrical capacity, sales and fuel use. BEIS, as the department responsible for the energy industries, uses these data to compile comprehensive statistics on electricity supply in the UK. This ensures that the nation's needs for energy are met in the best way, taking into account competition, cost and environmental issues. The government has a policy to encourage the uptake of combined heat and power wherever it is cost effective.

There is more information on BEIS's energy statistics website and in BEIS's annual Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics and quarterly Energy Trends publications.

The survey is voluntary; but your co-operation in completing the questionnaire would be appreciated.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • quantities of electricity generated and the quantity of fuel used when generating that electricity

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK trading businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay as You Earn (PAYE)

Population: UK businesses that generate their own power (electricity)

Sample: approximately 90

Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Quarter 1: 20 March

Quarter 2: 19 June

Quarter 3: 20 September

Quarter 4: 14 December

Return-by dates

Quarter 1: 9 April

Quarter 2: 9 July

Quarter 3: 8 October

Quarter 4: 7 January

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK that are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

You may receive a reminder if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the EGS on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on 01633 456889 . Please contact us on 0300 1234 921 if you would like to speak to someone in Welsh.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg - 0300 1234 921