Britain has gone one week without coal for the first time since 1882 in a move to transition to renewable and less-polluting electricity generation sources.
Coal-fired power stations still play a large role in the UK’s energy mix, mostly as a backup during high demand periods. Bit, they’re becoming less and less relied upon as renewable sources increase.
The coal-free week comes just two years after Britain’s first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution.
The UK government has committed to phasing out coal-fired power by 2025.
Fintan Slye, the director of National Grid ESO, said he believed Britain’s electricity system could be run with zero carbon as soon as 2025, The Guardian reports.
He said, “Zero-carbon operation of the electricity system by 2025 means a fundamental change to how our system was designed to operate – integrating newer technologies right across the system – from large-scale offshore wind to domestic-scale solar panels to increased demand-side participation, using new smart digital systems to manage and control the system in real-time”.
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