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British power sector continues to rely on coal

Coal provides 41% of British electricity, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced.

The DECC has published energy data from December to February. The report showed that although the share of renewable energy on the British grid has increased in the three months ending in February, coal still dominates.

For renewable energy resources, DECC said wind power dominated the sector with offshore wind capacity increasing 39% in the three-month period and onshore wind up 68% compared to the same period one year ago.

For bioenergy, capacity increased 9.4% and the low-carbon share of electricity on the British grid increased by 7% to 36.7% year-on-year.

Coal, however, provided 41% of the electricity generated, with natural gas and nuclear power accounting for the bulk of the remaining power share.

The British economy relied more on imports as coal and crude oil production declined, Natural gas production, however, increased 1.3% compared with the same period one year ago.

Energy consumption in general declined 7.6% compared to the same period a year earlier, DECC said.

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