Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Power generation still dominated by coal

The majority of the UK’s power requirements are continuing to be supplied by coal, a new report has revealed.

Coal-fired power stations were attributed with generating 34% of the UK’s electricity in the six-month period ending in March this year.

The study, by data analyst EnAppSys, shows that the figure remains well ahead of gas and nuclear power generation, despite the closure of coal-fired power stations over the past 18 months.

The report said increasing levels of energy efficiency contributed to a reduction in power generation of more than 6%, although this was also combined with a mild winter.

Gas-fired power stations generated 23% of the UK’s power during the study period, with 21% provided by nuclear.

Wind power generated 10%, a rise of 58%, showing the increasing importance of renewable energy in reducing dependency on traditional means.