SCOTLAND’S only remaining nuclear power station helped make the single greatest contribution to Scotland’s clean energy output in 2022, according to new figures.

The Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) released by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, shows nuclear generated 16 per cent of Scotland’s electricity in 2022.

The newly released figures show 86 per cent of Scotland’s electricity generation came from low-carbon sources in 2022, with nuclear continuing to play a role in the country’s energy mix, despite Hunterston B coming offline in January that year after 46 years.

Torness, near Dunbar, is Scotland’s last remaining nuclear station, and over its lifetime it has produced enough power for every home in Scotland for 29 years and saved 98 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The power station is due to stop generating electricity in 2028, with First Minister Humza Yousaf confirming to the Courier there were no plans for an extension to Torness’ life.

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said: “Nuclear continues to play a major role in keeping the lights on in Scotland and should be at the heart of its clean-energy future.”