Britain generates twice as much energy from wind as coal

Over the past six years, British energy generated from coal has been reduced from 40 per cent to just 7 per cent, according to

While drastically reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, the country has adopted renewable resources on a much larger scale, generating twice as much electricity from wind power as it does from coal.

Not including Northern Ireland (which is calculated separately due to its electricity system being shared with the Republic of Ireland), 15 per cent of British energy came from wind in 2017, up from 10 per cent in 2016. This increased use of renewable energy helped Britain to decrease its coal use and stop rising natural gas generation.

Increasing electricity generated from wind power is a result of both the creation of more wind farms and a windier year, said.