Wind, solar and energy efficiency have replaced the vast majority of power previously provided by the UK’s coal fleet, a new analysis shows. Since the start of the coalition government in 2010, coal’s role in the generation mix has fallen to historic lows, culminating in the country’s first coal-free day since the 19th century earlier this year. But the gap has not been plugged by natural gas, the UK’s now primary source of electricity. Renewables and energy efficiency* have together covered nearly 85% of the power the UK no longer gets from its coal plants.
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