Great Britain generated more electricity from wind than from coal for the first time during 2016.

Figures from Carbon Brief showed that wind turbines generated 11.5% of the country’s power last year, compared with coal’s 9.2%.

Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director at trade body RenewableUK, said: “This is a historic and exciting change to our power infrastructure.

“As old-fashioned coal is phased out, modern technologies like wind are stepping up to make sure consumers have reliable energy without the damaging health impacts of coal pollution – as well as delivering for the UK economy.”

Record Christmas figures

The figures followed a flurry of record-breaking days for Britain’s wind power industry over Christmas.

On Christmas Day wind generated 32% of the UK’s power, more than any other energy source and beating the previous record of 24%.

In the week to 25 December, wind accounted for 20% of the country’s electricity, edging ahead of the previous record of 19%.

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