Apr 21, 2017

UK set for first full day without coal power

Britain opened its first coal-fired power station in 1882 and coal remained a dominant part of the energy mix until the 1990s. Today's landmark moment - the first 24 hour period without any coal powered generation - is a sign of how the once mighty fuel is being consigned to history. Paul Ekin, professor of resources and environment policy at University College London, said a full day day without coal would be "Enormously significant". "As recently as the late 1980s coal was supplying as much as 70% of UK electricity," he told the BBC. "We then had the dash for gas in the 1990s, with nuclear roughly contributing around 25%, and coal dropped below 50%.". Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said the first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution "Would mark a watershed in the energy transition".

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