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UK wind power overtakes coal for first time – The Guardian

Three major coal power stations closed last year, causing coal electricity generation to plummet to 9.2%, down from 22.6% in 2015. Wind power provided 11.5% of generation in 2016, slightly down from 12% in 2015.

“The past 12 months have seen a year of firsts for the UK’s electricity system. At the broadest level, the UK grid is changing as centralised power stations are joined by thousands of smaller sites, particularly renewables, as part of efforts to decarbonise electricity supplies,” wrote Simon Evans, policy editor at Carbon Brief.

Green groups hail analysis showing collapse in coal due to power station closures and rising carbon taxes

Ministers have pledged to phase out coal power by 2025 to meet carbon targets, but expect the final plant to close within five years as environmental policies make coal increasingly uneconomic.

The UK’s windfarms generated more electricity than coal power plants for the first time in 2016.



The UK’s windfarms generated more electricity than coal power plants for the first time in 2016.
Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Windfarms across the UK generated more electricity in 2016 than coal power plants for the first time, according to an analyst’s estimates.

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