Statistics released by the government on 25 August have revealed that in the three months to the end of June, gas accounted for 51% of the electricity generated by major power producers.

The monthly update showed that coal’s share of the generation mix was down to its lowest level in 21 years at 6.8%––17pp lower than in the same three months of 2015. Nuclear power’s share of the mix was stable at just over 24%, while renewables’ share dropped by 1.4pp to around 18%.

The report also revealed that electricity supply from offshore wind was down by 9% (-0.3TWh) compared with a year ago, while supply from onshore wind dropped 20% (-0.7TWh) due to lower wind speeds.

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