Britain has successfully gone for 76 hours without generating any electricity from coal, a new record which comes just days after the last record of 55 hours was set. The coal-free period began on 10 am on Saturday 21st April and continued till 2pm on Tuesday 24th April.
This smashes last year’s record of one full day without coal, set in April 2017. Although this latest record could be seen as a step in the right direction, a third of the power that would have ordinarily been generated by coal was replaced by gas, another fossil fuel. The remaining was generated from a mix of wind power and nuclear. Going forward, Britain’s move away from coal needs to be accompanied with a move towards renewables, and not a greater dependency on gas.