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Britain hits coal-free record amid sunny skies

There has now been over 438 hours and 10 minutes without coal.

There has now been over 438 hours and 10 minutes without coal.

Great Britain has hit a new coal-free record, going for more than 18 days straight without any coal on the grid.

National Grid ESO announced the news this morning (28 April) that the previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes set last June was broken at 6:10am. There has now been over 438 hours and 10 minutes since the fossil fuel generated any power, the ESO added.

This has been driven by sunny weather leading to record solar generation and lower than usual electricity demand due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Fintan Slye, director of ESO, said 2020 was shaping up to be a record breaking year all round.

“A zero carbon grid is a stretching target, but it’s crucially important – and milestones like our latest coal-free run show that Great Britain is leading the world in transitioning to net zero.”

The full story on how this record was beat can be found here.

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