Big switch in UK power generation from coal to gas

There has been a large switch in power generation from coal to gas during the second quarter of the year. Coal has accounted for 5.8% of all electricity generated in […]

By Jacqueline Echevarria

There has been a large switch in power generation from coal to gas during the second quarter of the year.

Coal has accounted for 5.8% of all electricity generated in the country, a record low, according to new data released by BEIS.

Gas has taken the largest generation share, accounting for 45.2% followed by renewables which fell from 25.4% during the same period last year to 24.9% in 2016 due to less favorable weather conditions.

Nuclear power accounted for 21.3% of total electricity generated.

BEIS added total energy production was 3.6% lower than in the same period last year but final energy consumption was 1.7% higher.

In terms of switching suppliers, government figures showed they have increased for domestic customers for electricity and gas.

More than one million customers switched their electricity supplier in the second quarter of 2016, 43% higher than the same period in 2015. For gas, 32% more customers moved to a new firm.

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