UK goes more than 100 hours without using coal power for first time in a century

  06 May 2019    Read: 1284
UK goes more than 100 hours without using coal power for first time in a century

Britain has gone more than four days without using coal-fired power to generate its electricity, smashing the previous record set during last month's Easter Weekend.

By late Monday morning, the National Grid said the UK had gone 117 hours and rising without using coal, the burning of which is one of the world's biggest contributors to climate change. 

It is the first time the nation has been powered for so long without the fossil fuel since the world’s first coal-fired power station for public use was opened in London in 1882. 

The country has already gone more than 1,000 hours without needing coal in 2019, and this year is on course to to smash all previous records. 

“We’re closing in on phasing out coal entirely from our power system by 2025 as our renewables sector goes from strength to strength on our path to becoming the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions," a government spokesperson told The Independent.


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