Britain has not used coal power TWO WEEKS – the first time since the industrial revolution
- Great Britain enjoyed more coal-free hours in May than during the whole of 2017
- This means that Great Britain did not need any energy from coal for 336 hours
- The last record for the longest time without coal, set in May, was 193 hours
Coal has not been burned in the UK for two weeks because Britain is setting a new record for clean energy by producing electricity for two weeks without coal.
The new record marks the longest period that coal has not helped British power since the industrial revolution.
National Grid said yesterday: “We can now confirm that Britain's electricity system will exceed fourteen days because there is no coal production this afternoon! The last coal generator came out of the system at 1.12 pm on May 17 – meaning we will reach #coalfreefortnight today at 3:12 pm !! & # 39;
This means that Britain does not need coal – considered a highly polluting way to produce energy for 336 hours.
The last record was 193 hours at the beginning of May.
Coal has not been burned in the UK for two weeks, as Britain sets a new record for clean energy by producing electricity without coal for two weeks (stock image)
The new record marks the longest period that coal has not helped British power since the industrial revolution. This image shows National Grid to confirm the record on Twitter
Great Britain enjoyed more coal-free hours this month (679 hours) than during the entire year 2017 (624 hours). The first coal-free day was in April 2017.
RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive, Emma Pinchbeck, said: “Coal was the backbone of the last industrial revolution – but this old technology is defeated by wind energy, the powerhouse of our 21st century economy.
& # 39; Renewable energy now supplies more than a third of our electricity, and this is just the beginning.
& # 39; We need to switch from fossil fuels throughout the economy to avoid the huge risks of climate disruption and to take advantage of modern, clean technologies.
& # 39; But the government's scientific advisers say that we can only achieve a net-zero economy with a huge increase in renewable electricity to drive the change.
& # 39; We must act now to build on the elimination of coal and our leading renewable energy industry, including technologies such as innovative wave and tidal energy and fantastic cheap onshore wind & # 39 ;.
Britain did not need coal – it was considered a very polluting way to produce energy for 336 hours. The last record was 193 hours, set at the beginning of May (stock overview)
The government plans to phase out the last coal-fired power stations in the UK by 2025. Producing coal-free power is the & # 39; new normal & # 39 ;, National Grid said when the weekly record was destroyed last week.
Britain instead of coal were nuclear, solar, wind, gas and wood pellets, according to National Grid.
Britain's first coal-fired power station was opened in the Holborn viaduct in 1882 and was built by the Edison Electric Light Company.
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