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Britain hits new clean energy record by generating electricity without coal for 2 weeks

31 May 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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RenewableUK is highlighting a new British clean energy record set today for generating electricity without burning coal.


National Grid stated today: “We can now confirm that Great Britain’s electricity system will pass the fortnight mark for no coal generation this afternoon! The last coal generator came off the system at 3.12pm on 17th May – meaning we will achieve #coalfreefortnight at 3:12pm today!!”


This means a coal-free GB for 336 hours. The last record was 193 hours, set at the beginning of May. 


Britain has enjoyed more coal-free hours this month (679 hours) than it did for the whole of 2017 (624 hours).  Our first coal-free day was in April 2017. 


RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Emma Pinchbeck said:


Coal was the backbone of the last industrial revolution – but this old technology is being beaten by wind energy, the powerhouse of our 21st century economy. Renewables are providing well over a third of our electricity today, and this is just the beginning. We need to move from fossil fuels right across the economy to avoid the enormous risks of climate disruption and to benefit from modern, clean, technologies.


But the Government’s scientific advisors say that we can only achieve a net zero economy with a massive increase in renewable electricity to power the change. We need to act now to build on the coal phase-out and our world-leading renewables industry, including technologies like innovative wave and tidal power and fantastically cheap onshore wind".



For further information, please contact:

  1. RenewableUK’s members are building our future energy system, powered by clean electricity. We bring them together to deliver that future faster; a future which is better for industry, billpayers, and the environment. We support over 400 member companies to ensure increasing amounts of renewable electricity are deployed across the UK and access markets to export all over the world. Our members are business leaders, technology innovators, and expert thinkers from right across industry.

  2. National Grid’s confirmation of the new record can be found here.

  3. RenewableUK’s biggest annual event, our Global Offshore Wind 2019
    conference and exhibition, is taking place in London on 25th-26th June. More details are available here.


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