Why UK coal generation 
is in a death spiral

The proportion of electricity generated by coal-fired power stations in the UK is declining at breakneck speed. James Parsons looks at why

Coal-fired power station. Photograph: kodda/123RF
The phase out of coal is being facilitated by a number of policies. Photograph: 123RF

The demise of coal generation in the UK energy mix has been rapid. In 2013, the proportion of electricity generated by coal-fired power stations in the UK stood at 4

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