Renewable energy

UK goes coal power free for a week

The UK has gone a full week without using electricity generated from coal, the system operator has reported.

That's the first time since coal was first used for making electricity in the 19th century.

"As more and more renewables come on to our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence," said National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) director Fintan Slye.

"We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully operate Great Britain's electricity system with zero carbon," he said.

Last year renewable power sources accounted for 27.5% of UK electricity generation.

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