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Britain generates electricity without coal for 2 weeks

07 June 2019

RenewableUK is highlighting a new British clean energy record set for generating electricity without burning coal.

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National Grid stated: “We can now confirm that Great Britain’s electricity system will pass the fortnight mark for no coal generation this afternoon (31 May)! The last coal generator came off the system at 3.12pm on 17 May – meaning we will achieve #coalfreefortnight at 3:12pm today!!”

This means a coal-free GB for 336 hours. The last record was 193 hours, set at the beginning of May. 

Britain has enjoyed more coal-free hours this month (679 hours) than it did for the whole of 2017 (624 hours). Our 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 being beaten by wind energy, the powerhouse of our 21st century economy. Renewables are providing well over a third of our electricity today, and this is just the beginning. We need to move from fossil fuels right across the economy to avoid the enormous risks of climate disruption and to benefit from modern, clean, technologies.

But the Government’s scientific advisors say that we can only achieve a net zero economy with a massive increase in renewable electricity to power the change. We need to act now to build on the coal phase-out and our world-leading renewables industry, including technologies like innovative wave and tidal power and fantastically cheap onshore wind".

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