The Guardian reports:
Coal made up well over one-third of the UK’s electricity generation in 2012, as cheap supplies and the collapse in the price of carbon permits sent generators rushing back to their ageing coal-fired power stations and set greenhouse gas emissions rising sharply.
According to data released on Thursday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), coal accounted for 39% of power generation in 2012, an increase of 10 percentage points over the 2011 figure. Overall coal consumption, including industrial and domestic use, rose by a quarter from 2011 to 2012. In the same period, carbon dioxide emissions rose by about 4%, after years of steady falls. This will make it harder to achieve the government’s climate change targets.