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The price of green power

Finding the balance between flexibility and stability

By Robert Gross  

The dramatic shift from coal to renewables in our electricity supply is down to subsidies and astute policy decisions © Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

At the turn of this century, wind and solar power provided just 0.2 per cent of UK electricity generated. Within 20 years that share grew to around 25 per cent. Over the same period, coal fell from around a third to just two per cent. This helped the UK to reduce emissions from the power sector by half. Indeed, the growth of renewables and decline of coal have been the main reasons that UK CO2 emissions have fallen consistently since the 1990s. As the UK looks towards the COP26 climate change negotiations, it can rightly point to world-leading power…

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