UK energy statistics show big jump in coal-fired electricity last year

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Last year saw a dramatic increase in the amount of UK electricity generated using coal power, preliminary figures from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show. Coal power overtook gas to become the biggest single source of UK electricity in 2012.

Coal produced 42.8 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2012, a rather startling rise from 2011, when it provided just 30 per cent. In 2011, gas produced 40 per cent of UK electricity – so gas and coal have basically swapped places in just a year.

Detailed government energy statistics covering 2012 won’t be published until July, but DECC has just produced a preliminary look at 2012 in UK energy statistics. The short report lays out the broad picture of how the UK generated and used energy last year.

Domestic oil and gas production is down, while a colder than average winter has pushed up energy consumption in absolute terms. Adjusted for temperatures, energy consumption fell slightly in 2012, DECC says.

Coal power produced 42.8 per cent of the UK’s electricity in 2012. Gas (about 28 per cent) and nuclear (about 20 per cent) also provided big chunks.

via UK energy statistics show big jump in coal-fired electricity last year | Carbon Brief.

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