News | Published June 02 2019

UK goes two weeks with coal-free electricity

The UK has gone two weeks without the use of coal to produce electricity, a record going as far back as the late 1800s.

The last recorded use of coal to generate electrical energy was at 15:12 on May 17 and the government plans to phase out its usage entirely by 2025.

It breaks the previous record set on May 9 when the UK went a full week coal-free.

Fintan Slye, director of the National Grid Electricity System Operator indicated that the record would become the new norm.

In a month which also saw the UK solar power usage record broken, Slye said: “As more and more renewable energy sources come onto the system, we are seeing things progress at an astonishing rate.”

The solar power record was broken on May 14, when the UK generated a quarter of its overall energy from the sun.

Slye said: “2018 was our greenest year to date, and so far, 2019 looks like it has the potential to beat it.

"When coal has not been used, solar, wind, nuclear, gas and some hydro-generated power have been taking up the slack."

However, he conceded that there is “still a lot of work to do” to maintain such positive progress in green energy usage.

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Scott Challinor
Business Editor
June 02 2019

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