Britain breaks record for coal-free power generation

29/04/2020 10:10 Coal

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Britain has gone without coal-fired power generation for its longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution, breaking the existing record of 18 consecutive days this morning.

The UK’s energy system has not used coal-fired plants for more than 438 hours, according to National Grid data, the longest uninterrupted period since 1882.

 

The 18-day stretch has broken the UK’s previous record, which was set on 4 June 2019, partly because of a collapse in demand for electricity during the coronavirus lockdown and because of greater use of solar power.

 

The UK set a new solar power record on 20 April after solar farms generated more than 9.6GW of electricity for the first time.

 

The lockdown has also caused the UK’s electricity demand to fall to record lows because schools, shops, factories and restaurants have closed.

Source: theguardian.com

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