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Sun and wind generated 60% of all electricity in the UK on Monday

Great Britain’s electricity system recorded its greenest ever day over the Easter bank holiday as sunshine and windy weather led to a surge in renewable energy.

The power plants generating electricity in England, Scotland and Wales produced only 39g of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour of electricity on Monday, according to National Grid’s electricity system operator, the lowest carbon intensity recorded since National Grid records began in 1935.

The new low smashed the grid’s previous record of 46g on 24 May last year, during the country’s greenest ever month for electricity generation.



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