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British power grid starts coal free operation

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The UK’s electricity grid has started their first week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution started in the 19th Century.

Government figures show that wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower accounts for a new record of 27.5% of electricity supplies during 2018.

Nuclear power accounts for half of supplies by 49.6% is a new record clean electricity, the government pledged to bring coal off the system by 2025.

Fintan Slye, director of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) predicted that a coal free generation will become the “new normal.”

Slye said, “As more and more renewables come on to our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence.

“We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon.

“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.”

He added, “Operating a zero-carbon electricity system in 2025, whenever there is sufficient renewable generation, is a major stepping stone to full decarbonisation of the entire electricity system.

“This will enable new technologies and removes barriers to ever increasing levels of renewables.”

Greg Clark, business and energy secretary said, “Going a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution is a huge leap forward in our world-leading efforts to reduce emissions, but we’re not stopping there.

“To combat climate change and seize on the opportunities of clean growth, we’re phasing out coal entirely by 2025 and building a cleaner, greener energy system.”




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