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UK Generates Half of its Power from Low-Carbon Sources, Study says

wind turbineDespite the turn of events in the United States, the UK is committing itself to a low-carbon future. A new study by the energy company called Drax has found that the country generates just over half of its power from low-carbon sources.

The time period in which the company, which operates a biomass power station, studied was July through September of 2016. The government there has said it would close all of Britain’s coal-fired powered plants by 2025.

“Coal plants have been pushed off the system by competition from gas, nuclear and renewables. 5 May 2016 was a historic day, the first time since 1881 that Britain burnt no coal to produce its electricity,” says the Drax report, as reported by the Independent. In 2010, low-carbon sources such as nuclear, hydro, wind and solar provided 20 percent.

According to the Independent, nuclear provided the largest share of the UK’s low-carbon generation at 26% in the third quarter of this year while renewables provided 20%. “Britain now has more than 26 GW of wind and solar installed, a six-fold increase on six years ago,  while biomass has increased from nothing to 2 GW,” the paper says.

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