UK breaks its coal-free electricity generation record over the Easter weekend

April 23, 2019

Statistics from National Grid show that coal made up less than a tenth of the country’s total energy mix last year and this is expected to fall continuously, with the polluting fossil fuel expected to be phased out by 2025.

This Easter the country smashed its previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes and went for more than 90 continuous hours without needing to burn coal for electricity. This is primarily due to the scorching weather across Britain this Easter weekend, meaning that energy demand was low, and Britain has been making the most of renewable energy sources such as Solar Panel’s

National Grid stated that the period, which ended on Monday 22nd April after almost four days was the longest coal-free span since the industrial revolution more than a century ago!

National Grid have hailed the milestone as other sources such as gas, nuclear, wind and solar allow UK to keep lights on with all coal-fired powerplants offline.

The 2008 Climate Change Act requires greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 80% compared with 1990 levels by 2050 and Britain’s last coal power station will be forced to close in 2025, as part of a government plan to phase out the fossil fuel to meet its climate change commitments.

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