Nuclear power provided more electricity in the UK in the second quarter of this year than in any time since 2006.

Nuclear rose from 15.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2010 to 21.3 per cent in this year’s corresponding period. In the same timeframe, electricity from gas fell from 53 per cent to 44 per cent and coal dropped from 22.3 per cent to 21.1 per cent.

Renewables increased their slice of the UK electricity energy mix from 6.3 per cent to 9.6 per cent.

Figures released today from the UK government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change also show that coal production was up 1.2 per cent to 4.8 million tonnes while indigenous production of crude oil and natural gas liquids dropped 15.9 per cent, the biggest fall since quarterly reporting began in 1995 and reflecting the global decrease in production.

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