The proportion of electricity generated by burning coal fell to a record low in 2015, according to new UK Government figures.

Coal accounted for just 10.3% of the UK’s energy mix last year, down by 66% on 2014’s figure.

Gas provided 48.3% of the UK power, up by 68%, while nuclear generated 22.2% and renewables supplied 19.2%.

Lower average wind speeds meant onshore wind output dropped by 24% and offshore by 5.5%.

New replacing old

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive at trade body RenewableUK, said: “The Government took the right decision when it announced the phasing out of coal.

“Now we can see renewable energy filling the gap, replacing old technology with new.

“2015 was the first year that renewables outperformed coal.”

> See the UK Government's statistics