Britain gets no power from coal for 'first time on record' via Will Dawson

Resource / Britain gets no power from coal for 'first time on record' via Will Dawson

By Futures Centre / 12 May 2016

 

Britain generated no electricity from coal on Tuesday morning for what is believed to be the first time since the 19th century, in a major milestone in the decline of the polluting power source.

 

National Grid confirmed that none of Britain’s coal stations were running between midnight and 4am.

 

Experts from Argus Media and Carbon Brief said they believed this was the first time there had been no coal running since the era of central electricity generation began with the construction of the UK’s first coal plant in 1882.

 

Coal was Britain's biggest power source as recently as 2013 but is becoming increasingly unprofitable due to the carbon tax and low gas prices that favour burning gas, and the expansion of subsidised renewable sources like wind power.

 

The UK Government has announced plans to phase coal out entirely by 2025

 

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