Winds of change: Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind as coa


Just six years ago, more than 40% of Britain’s electricity was generated by burning coal.

  • Grant Wilson
  • Iain Staffell

The Conversation

Today, that figure is just 7%.

Yet if the story of 2016 was the dramatic demise of coal and its replacement by natural gas, then 2017 was most definitely about the growth of wind power.

Asa 4dWind provided 15% of electricity in Britain last year (Northern Ireland shares an electricity system with the Republic and is calculated separately), up from 10% in 2016.

This increase, a result of both more wind farms coming online and a windier year, helped further reduce coal use and also put a stop to the…

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