The energy revolution is hitting a tipping point

Coal-fired power plant and renewable energy wind turbines © Getty Images

Coal saw its largest decline on record in 2015 as renewable energy increased its share of the market

Some quite extraordinary things are happening in the energy sector at the moment.

Last year, carbon emissions were flat for the first time in 25 years (apart from a brief period during the financial crisis), according to BP’s latest energy sector review.

Last month, Portugal ran solely on renewable power for four days in a row. And across the whole of May, here in Britain, solar power provided 50% more electricity than coal did.

Pretty exciting stuff. Are we near a tipping point? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that…

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