- Britain has completed two months without burning coal to generate electricity.
- Coal has not been burned since April 10, the National Grid said on Wednesday, the longest hiatus since 1790.
- As a result, May ended up being the greenest-ever month for energy provision in Britain, it said.
- Demand for energy substantially decreased during the coronavirus pandemic as travel and business were disrupted.
- The UK’s demand for coal has also decreased in recent years.
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For the first time in 230 years, Britain has completed two months without burning coal to generate electricity.
The last time coal was burned at any of Britain’s four coal-fired power stations was April 10, 2020, according to the National Grid, the utility company.
It marks the longest period without deriving energy from the fossil fuel since 1790, the start of the Industrial Revolution.
“The exact two-month mark is midnight tonight (00:00 on Wednesday 10 June), which will mark 61 days (or 1,464 hours) since the last coal generator came off the system,” a spokesperson for the National Grid’s Electricity System Operator said in an emailed press release on Wednesday.
Britain recorded the first full coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution on April 14, 2017, and the number of days without coal-power recorded each year has steadily increased.
The International Energy Agency said in April that energy demand could plunge at a record level this year.
The drop in demand has allowed Britain to supply people with electricity sourced from gas from the North Sea and solar power.
The UK government has pledged to close all coal-powered energy generation sites by 2024.
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