The UK generated more electricity from wind turbines than from burning coal for the first time last year, according to estimates that will raise more questions over the security of power supplies. Electricity generated from coal accounted for only 9.2 per cent of the total market last year, representing the first time coal’s contribution has dropped below 10 per cent, according to Carbon Brief, a UK-based website that tracks developments in energy policy. In 2015, coal accounted for 22.6 per cent of total electricity generation but the industry has been in rapid decline as the government seeks to eradicate coal power in the UK by 2025. Low power prices and an increase in carbon taxes have also made it uneconomical to run coal-fired plants. For the first time last year, the UK experienced a day when no electricity was generated from coal. Wind farms generated 39 terawatt hours of electricity last year, compared with an estimated 31 TWh generated by coal-fired plants, according to Carbon Brief, which has produced its own forecasts ahead of the publication of official data later this year.
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