Their estimates show that wind turbines contributed to 11.5% of power generation over the last 12 months in comparison to 9.2% from coal plants – its lowest output level since 1935.
This news follows plans set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last November to close all coal-fired power stations by the end of 2025, with three shut down last year.
RenewableUK executive director, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “This is a historic and exciting change to our power infrastructure.
“As old-fashioned coal is phased out, modern technologies like wind are stepping up to make sure consumers have reliable energy without the damaging health impacts of coal pollution - as well as delivering for the UK economy.”
These latest estimates would also mean that CO2 emissions from power generation in the UK have fallen by around 20% in 2016, and by 6% for overall emissions over the year.
As well as stations closing, falling electricity demand and rising imports from continental Europe have been attributed to the fall in coal power generation, which is now down almost 80% since 2012.
The UK’s annual electricity generation since 1920 by source: