According to The Independent, at 1:24 PM on Tuesday, Britain officially went an entire week without using coal power. This is the first time that has happened since the first coal-fired plant opened in London in 1882 during the industrial revolution. Two years ago, Britain commemorated its first day without using coal.
Fintan Slye, the National Grid Electricity System Operator director, said “We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon.”
Slye said that coal-free runs would be the “new normal” after Britain stopped burning coal for five days at the end of April.
“Operating a zero-carbon electricity system in 2025, whenever there is sufficient renewable generation, is a major stepping stone to full decarbonisation of the entire electricity system,” Slye said. He continued, “This will enable new technologies and removes barriers to ever-increasing levels of renewables.”
The British government has said they would bring coal power off the system by 2025. In 2018, coal only accounted for 6 percent of power supplies.
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