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Britain goes for record 55 hours without coal power

Power News - Published on Tue, 24 Apr 2018

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Thisismoney reported that Britain went a record 55 hours without using electricity made with coal. Instead the nation was powered by electricity made from gas, wind, nuclear, solar, and biomass. The 55-hour, coal-free period ran from 10.25 PM on April 16th 2018 until 5.10am of April 18th 2018.

The UK is trying to get rid of coal-fired generation by 2025 to protect the environment.

Yorkshire power station Drax has been converting power stations to run on biomass, which is a type of wood chip, instead.

The nation went 24 hours without coal-fired electricity last April for the first time since the Victorian era.

In 2017 coal made up less than 7 per cent of the electricity mix.

National Grid director of UK system operations Fintan Slye said that “It's important to remember coal is still an important source of energy as we transition to a low-carbon system.”

Mr James Thornton, chief executive of environmental legal charity Client Earth, said that “As if we needed any more proof, the UK has moved beyond coal. We now need the grid to be ready to bring renewables on-line.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 24 Apr 2018
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