Coal power was almost completely absent from the UK’s power grid during the second quarter of the year, according to official data released by the government this morning detailing how clean energy generation is continuing to dominate the electricity mix. The latest Energy Trends data confirms that coal accounted for just 0.6 per cent of the UK’s power mix between April and June, marking the first quarter since the 19th century in which coal has fallen below one per cent of total generation. In contrast, renewables set a record for the second quarter as its share of the grid rose 3.5 percentage points year-on-year to 35.5 per cent. Overall, renewables generation rose 9.9 per cent year-on-year to 27.1TWh, while capacity also climbed 7.9 per cent to 45.9GW. The report said wind generation was “the driving factor” behind the increased renewables output, with onshore wind generation up 13 per cent year-on-year and offshore wind output rising 25 per cent. When combined with nuclear generation, increased renewables output meant low carbon electricity’s share of electricity generation reached 52.6 per cent during the second quarter of 2019.
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