Apr 24, 2018
UK powers on without coal for three days
The UK has not generated electricity from coal for more than three days - the longest streak since the 1880s. Just last week the UK grid recorded its first two-day period without using any power from the fossil fuel, which the government has pledged to phase out by 2025. Coal accounted for less than 7% of the power mix last year, according to official figures. In April, 2017 the UK went its first full day without coal since the 19th century. Rew Crossland, of the Durham Energy Institute, said gas generated 40% of the UK's electricity and fuelled nearly all domestic heating: "As a country we consume nearly eight times more gas than coal."
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