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UK set for first full day without coal power

 
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Mark



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:21 pm    Post subject: UK set for first full day without coal power Reply with quote

UK set for first full day without coal power:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39668889

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The UK is set to spend its first full day without generating electricity from coal on Friday, the National Grid says. It said the previous longest continuous period without coal-generation was 19 hours, achieved last May. It comes after years of moving to less-polluting natural gas and renewables - though demand for power also tends to be lower on Fridays. Although National Grid said a coal-free day looked likely, it would only know for sure very late on Friday. Britain opened its first coal-fired power station in 1882 and coal remained a dominant part of the energy mix until the 1990s. However, its use has fallen in recent years, as plants closed or switched to burning biomass, and it accounted for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016 - down from 23% the year before. Last year, the government said it wanted to phase out Britain's last plants by 2025 as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions.


I understand it was achieved.... Smile
Great effort, considering it was thought unachievable just a few years ago....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they managed to run for a 24h stretch without coal from just after 10pm Thursday evening to 11pm Friday.

The Telegraph put out a pretty bizarre editorial about it:

https://twitter.com/richonlyinname/status/856122154882146304

Now we just need to phase it out completely and phase out gas completely. Simples Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, but already being discussed here
http://www.powerswitch.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25925

So I have locked this thread in order to keep discussion in one place.
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