Britain’s Coal Fired Power Stations

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Britain’s record-breaking run without any Coal-fired Power Stations operating has come to an end after 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes.

In 2017, the UK recorded the first 24hrs without coal generation which started in 1882.

Recently we have seen an incredible run with over 67 days without coal on the grid. This clean run was only ended because of some testing that Drax had to do.

National Grid said that solar power had provided a record high of 11.5 per cent of electricity generation in May, with Gas is providing 30% and Nuclear 20%. As recently as 2014 Coal generation was supplying over 30% of the UK’s power requirement.

Impressively, no coal-fired power plants were used during the entire month of May.


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