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Britain goes coal-free for power generation for two months, a new record

Digital Journal:

Britain is about to pass a significant landmark – at midnight on Wednesday, it will have gone two full months without burning coal to generate power. This breaks the previous record set in June 2019 of 18 days, 6 hours, and 10 minutes. 

Just a decade ago, 40 percent of the country’s electrical power was generated by coal, and going two full months without using coal is an amazing feat. However, the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown did play a part in this environmental accomplishment.

We can also add that the month of May helped too. May turned out to be the sunniest month on record, so all in all, the country was able to increase its reliance on solar power and other renewable energy sources such as wind, reports The Guardian.

Renewable energy use has also overtaken coal in the US for the first time in more than 130 years. Data from the US Energy Information Administration show that renewables, including hydropower, wind, and solar, generated more electricity than coal every day during April 2020.

“IEEFA had forecasted that power generation from renewables would likely surpass coal-fired generation in 2021, an important milestone in the energy transition that is well underway,” the group wrote. “But in the first quarter of 2020, renewable generation unexpectedly exceeded coal, and with this strong performance continuing in the second quarter, there is an increasing chance that the milestone could occur this year.”

 [Karen Graham]

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