Great Britain sets no-coal record as pandemic reduces demand

Great Britain broke the record for the longest period of electricity generation without coal, according to energy data analyst EnAppSys.

The previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes was set at 21:25 on June 4, 2019. The new record set on 28 April 2020 is due to a reduction in the size of the available generation fleet and low demand due to the coronavirus pricing coal out of the market.

This coal-free period has been largely spurred on by record amounts of solar generation. The UK has seen more than 1 TWh of solar power put on the grid in this period – enough to boil water for over 25 billion cups of tea or drive 6.7 billion kilometres in a Nissan Leaf.

Last week’s bumper solar generation levels delivered over 11 per cent of UK electricity demand, setting both a new daily and weekly peak generation record.

This really speaks to the UK’s energy transition, which is seeing coal priced out the market and renewables expand.

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