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Wind energy provides double the amount of electricity than coal – 10th January

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The amount of electricity produced in Britain by wind is now double that of coal.

Coal now accounts for 7% of electricity generated in Britain, which has fallen from 40% six years ago. That decrease of coal generation has been patrially replaced by renewables and more specifically wind power, which now generates 15% of Britain’s electricity, an increase of 5% from 2016.

This success is due to more wind farms coming online over the last year and a windier year in general, and helped to reduce the generation from coal and stop the increasing generation from natural gas.

The windier weather of 2017 helped to set a new record in October when the production from wind, solar and hydro generated 25% of Britain’s electricity over the month, which was aided by ex-hurricane Ophelia and storm Brian. Furthermore, the increase in wind generation between 2016 and 2017 was 14 terawatt hours.

The increasing successes of renewable energy sources are not only affecting coal power. The price and generating capacity of nuclear power is also being scrutinised in comparison to the growth of renewables. One such example is the under-construction Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The 14 terawatt hour increase from renewables for 2017 is more than the expected annual output from one of Hinkley Point C’s two reactors. This, along with renewables being considerably cheaper, points to renewables being the future of Britain’s electricity production.

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