Coal:Written question - 259966

Asked by Zac Goldsmith
(Richmond Park)

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Asked on: 04 June 2019
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of existing coal stocks to meet expected needs for electricity generation before coal is phased out.
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 13 June 2019
Holding answer received on 10 June 2019

The latest statistics are publicly available (Energy Trends table 2.1.)

The government is committed to ending unabated coal power by 2025. As a result of our existing policies, including carbon pricing and our support for renewables, we have already made great headway in reducing our reliance on coal, which fell from 39% of electricity in 2012 to 5% in 2018. There are now regular coal free periods, and in May the UK went without running coal power generation for over two weeks – the longest coal-free period in the country since the 1880s.

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