THE UK WENT 55HRS WITHOUT COAL POWER!


THE UK WENT 55HRS WITHOUT COAL POWER!

Coal which was once the number one source of energy for Great Britain has continued its ongoing decline this past week, as the UK went 55 hours operating without the need for coal power!

This sets yet another record for the UK electricity grid as the world’s first industrial economy continues to wean itself off the high-emitting fossil fuel. This was confirmed by the national grid who has said that this week the UK went more than two days without generating any of its electricity from burning coal beating the previous record of around 40 hours without coal set last October.

No coal was used for power generation by stations in the UK between 10.25pm on Monday, April 16th until 5.10am on Thursday, April 19th which led us to a total of 54 hours and 50 minutes fossil fuel free!

At the same time power generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar saw an uptick with solar contributing over 20% of the UK’s energy on Wednesday alone!

This is the latest milestone in the decline of coal in the UK energy mix, as the government aims to phase out ‘unabated’ coal-fired power plants entirely by 2025 at the latest. We are slowly on our way to meeting this goal as shown earlier this year when it was confirmed that UK greenhouse gases have now declined to roughly the same level as they were in the 1890s, with the rapid move away from coal power in recent years credited as the major driver behind the UK’s 38 percent reduction in CO2 between 1990 and 2016.

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry hailed the news this week as “great progress”, highlighting the UK’s leadership role as part of the international powering past coal alliance which seeks to encourage more nations around the world to shift to lower carbon sources of energy.

This milestone was also welcomed by green campaigners as yet another crucial step in the fight against climate change and air pollution. James Thornton, ClientEarth chief executive has said: “The UK has moved beyond coal but we need more work to ready the power grid to bring more renewable technologies online, including battery storage and electric vehicle integration.”

Thornton added “The more coal-free days we see the better it is for people health and for the climate. The UK has promised to be a world-leading example by investing in the right strategies and technologies to make the transition as easy as it can be.”

With this new record set, we hope to see even more exciting goals met this year by the UK to help us reach our target of creating a sustainable future!

Coal which was once the number one source of energy for Great Britain has continued its ongoing decline this past week, as the UK went 55 hours operating without the need for coal power!

This sets yet another record for the UK electricity grid as the world’s first industrial economy continues to wean itself off the high-emitting fossil fuel. This was confirmed by the national grid who has said that this week the UK went more than two days without generating any of its electricity from burning coal beating the previous record of around 40 hours without coal set last October.

No coal was used for power generation by stations in the UK between 10.25pm on Monday, April 16th until 5.10am on Thursday, April 19th which led us to a total of 54 hours and 50 minutes fossil fuel free!

At the same time power generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar saw an uptick with solar contributing over 20% of the UK’s energy on Wednesday alone!

This is the latest milestone in the decline of coal in the UK energy mix, as the government aims to phase out ‘unabated’ coal-fired power plants entirely by 2025 at the latest. We are slowly on our way to meeting this goal as shown earlier this year when it was confirmed that UK greenhouse gases have now declined to roughly the same level as they were in the 1890s, with the rapid move away from coal power in recent years credited as the major driver behind the UK’s 38 percent reduction in CO2 between 1990 and 2016.

Energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry hailed the news this week as “great progress”, highlighting the UK’s leadership role as part of the international powering past coal alliance which seeks to encourage more nations around the world to shift to lower carbon sources of energy.

This milestone was also welcomed by green campaigners as yet another crucial step in the fight against climate change and air pollution. James Thornton, ClientEarth chief executive has said: “The UK has moved beyond coal but we need more work to ready the power grid to bring more renewable technologies online, including battery storage and electric vehicle integration.”

Thornton added “The more coal-free days we see the better it is for people health and for the climate. The UK has promised to be a world-leading example by investing in the right strategies and technologies to make the transition as easy as it can be.”

With this new record set, we hope to see even more exciting goals met this year by the UK to help us reach our target of creating a sustainable future!

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