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.