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U.K. Sets New Record for Coal-Free Generation

The Independent:

Britain has gone more than two days without using any coal-fired power for the first time in more than a century. The record run of almost 55 hours of coal-free electricity generation between Monday and Thursday is a mark of the fossil fuel’s “rapid decline,” experts said.

It is the first time the nation has been powered for so long without using coal since the world’s first coal-fired power station for public use was opened in London in 1882.

 The country’s previous record was around 40 hours at the end of October last year, though the National Grid said it occurred over a weekend when demand is generally lower. 

“The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity and our energy mix continues to change,” Fintan Slye, the National Grid’s director of UK systems operations, told The Independent.

On Tuesday, more than 60 percent of Britain’s electricity was generated using zero or low-carbon energy, including nuclear (20.1 percent), wind (33.7 percent), solar (3.3 percent), biomass (5 percent) and hydro (0.9 percent). Wednesday saw similar figures. 

More: Britain Goes More Than Two Days Without Using Coal For First Time In 136 Years

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