Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind as coal

Figures from Britain from 2017 show that it is truly in the midst of an energy revolution.

This analysis by Grant WIlson (twitter) and Iain Staffell (twitter) in The Conversation show how coal is collapsing, wind is rapidly rising and the country is actually using less electricity.

They write:

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

Wind 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 rise in natural gas generation.”

The article is punctuated with revealing charts and gives an excellent look at the ‘winds of change’ in the UK’s energy situation.

Read the whole article at The Conversation
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