Britain smashes previous record set over 2019 Easter weekend
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 122 hours in a row 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 in total without needing coal in 2019, and this year is on course to smash all previous records.
“As more and more renewables come onto our energy system weekends like this are going to increasingly seem like the ‘new normal’,” a spokesperson for the National Grid Electricity System Operator told The Independent.
“We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon.