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Quarterly data on electricity generation by fuel type is available at National Statistics Energy Trends: electricity. See Energy Trends table 5.1, page 5

For figures for the amount of coal used for non-power generating purposes in the UK for 2012 to 2016, please see the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), table 2.4, page 55, ‘Supply and consumption of coal’.

Coal also is still used for power generation in the UK. Currently between around 1 per cent to 15 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs comes from coal fired power stations. This figure fluctuates depending upon the weather conditions and demand. Unabated coal fired power stations are due to come offline by 2025 under the Government’s plans. Please see: DUKES, chart 5.2, page 48, ‘shares of electricity generation’.

Whilst the country develops a range of alternative ways to generate power it is essential that the supply of indigenous coal is maintained. Coal is a vital bridge to the low carbon economy. Currently the UK imports over 70 per cent of the coal used to generate electricity in the UK from Russia, Colombia, the USA and Australia. In previous years it has been more than 80 per cent. Please see DUKES, table 2A, ‘coal imports by origin’, page 18.

In 2016 UK imports were 8.5 million tonnes (the lowest value for 15 years), a decrease of 62 per cent on 2015 due to lower demand from generators (Table 2.4, page 40, of National Statistics Energy Trends: solid fuels and derived gases). In 2016 Columbia was the UK’s largest supplier of coal imports with a share of 31 per cent. The other main suppliers were Russia with a 27 per cent share and USA with a 17 per cent share (Table 2B, page 41). Again, please see our Links page for references to various official Government statistics about coal. See: Energy Trends: solid fuels and derived gases, Table 2.4, page 40 and Table 2B, page 41.

In 2014 the net cost to the UK of these coal imports was around £1.8bn. The line graph on the Need for coal page gives the values of UK coal production and imports for 2010 to 2015. Please also see DUKES, ‘Value balance of traded energy in 2016, 2015 & 2014’, tables 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6 respectively, on pages 33, 34 and 35.

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