Last year, wind farms across Britain generated for the first time more electricity than coal power plants, according to estimates by the analysts Carbon Brief. Though the percentage of the UK’s electricity generated by wind power actually fell slightly to 11.5% (from 12% in 2015), the closure of three major UK coal-burning power plants caused coal-generated electricity to fall from 22.6% in 2015 to 9.2% last year.

Accompanying the decline in coal-generated electricity, 2016 saw a series of records, including days with no coal power at all, and solar ...


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