Coal-fired power generation in the UK dipped last year, accounting for 40.7 per cent of electricity, having recorded 42.8 per cent of the country’s energy share in 2012. However, coal is still the number one means of power generation in Britain.

Preliminary data released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed an impact from various coal-fired plant closures and conversions during the period, while gas made up just 26.7 per cent and nuclear 21.1 per cent of overall capacity.
“Despite the decrease in coal use in 2013, the contribution of coal to the UKs electricity mix remains high compared to recent years,” Decc said, adding that between 2009-2011 coal provided around 30 per cent of the overall energy mix.

However, the final figures may prove somewhat different, as the data so far only includes “major power producers”, it added.

Low-carbon generation, meanwhile, accounted for 32.7 per cent of supply, up from 29.4 per cent in 2012, DECC said, adding “wind generation by major power producers was up 38%, and its share of major power producer generation has grown from 5.5 per cent in 2012 to 7.7 per cent in 2013”.

Bioenergy was up by 52 per cent, with its share has growing to 2.8 per cent, while hydropower was down by 13.2 per cent to take a 1.2 per cent share, due to “lower rainfall in catchment areas”.

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