Britain had its first coal-free Christmas, while wind set a new generation record on Boxing Day to round off a record-breaking year for green energy.
The UK’s electricity system has decarbonised twice as fast as any other major economy, according to a new report by Drax Electric Insights.
Renewable generation was up 32% year-on-year during Q2 2020, as the COVID-19 lockdown made Britain’s electricity ‘cleaner and cheaper, but harder to control’.
With no coal on the grid and surging renewables, May was the greenest month ever on Great Britain’s electricity grid.
The UK recorded a new grid carbon intensity low last weekend, as the country enjoyed extensive periods of fifth carbon budget-compliant power generation.
Renewable generation soared as Britain hit a new carbon emissions record of just 97g/kWh on 30 June, according to data from Drax.
The carbon intensity of the UK’s power grid fell below the targets set for 2030 over the bank holiday weekend, as high levels of wind generation led the way for low carbon sources to meet significant levels of overnight demand.
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has doubled down on its efforts to reduce its power’s carbon intensity, aiming to halve its emissions per kilowatt hour once again by 2030.
National Grid has launched new software to forecast the carbon intensity of electricity generation two days ahead of time by using Met office data to predict how much renewable energy will be fed onto the grid.