UK goes a whole week without using coal-fired electricity

Four cooling towers.

Enlarge / The cooling
towers of Willington Coal-Fired Power Station, first commissioned
in 1957, contains four 104MW generating units. Each unit, when on
full load, burns approximately 1,000 tons of coal per day, which
produces 200 tons of ash. Willington, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.
(credit: Andrew Aitchison / In pictures via Getty Images)

On April 21 in 2017, the UK had its
first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution
. Now, just
two years later, the UK’s National Grid confirmed
that it had gone 168 hours
, or seven days, without using any
coal-fired power. The electricity system operator said that it
expected coal-free stretches to become more frequent in the coming

In 2015, the UK pledged to
remove coal from its grid by 2025
. In a statement to the
Financial Times on Thursday, the National Grid’s director, Fintan
Slye, said he expected the grid to be able to not only hit that
target but to run with zero carbon emissions.

“As more and more renewables come on to our energy system,
coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence,” the
director said. “We believe that by 2025 we will be able to fully
operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon.”

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UK goes a whole week without using coal-fired electricity