For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain’s went a day without receiving any of its power from coal, according to the National Grid, which oversees the nation’s electricity transmission system. On April 21, Britain enjoyed its first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began. West Burton 1 power station, the only coal-fired plant that had been up and running, went offline the day before. The UK had shorter coal-free periods in 2016, as renewables such as wind and solar take on an increasingly important role in the power mix. The longest continuous period until the 21st had been 19 hours, first achieved on a weekend in May 2016 then again on April 20. A National Grid spokesman said Britain coal-free days will become increasingly common as the polluting fuel is phased out. Britain’s last coal power station will be forced to close in 2025, as part of a government plan to phase out the fossil fuel to meet its climate change commitments. Britain was the first country to burn coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882.

– via The Guardian

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