The short version, No. The slightly longer version, Yes but only for a short time. The UK has seen its coal usage creep back up this winter, to a consistent generation mix of around 5% of all mainland electricity. Which when you look at that 5%, it doesn't look like a lot, and it isn't. However, the UK has been slowly kicking its dependence on coal, moving away from dazzling high level of coal use, like seen in 1990 for example, where coal was up at 75% of the UK energy mix.
The National Grid has confidently predicted that in 2019 the UK will produce more power from zero-carbon energy sources, than will come from fossil fuels. This prediction comes just 6 months into the year, and will the first time this has happened in the UK since the industrial revolution. This has largely come from the UK's move away and ability to not rely on coal for the majority of its power production, coupled with the increasing investment and growth into clean renewabl
At 3:12pm Friday afternoon (31st of May) the National Grid ESO confirmed that the UK had surpassed a record two weeks without using any coal powered energy generation. This makes it the third time in under two months that the coal-free record has been beaten. The first being over Easter weekend in April, at a total of 90 hours 45 minutes, beating the previous record of 76 hours. The second was earlier in May, lasting for one full week, at 168 hours without coal. Now this new
The UK went for a massive 90 hours of completely coal-free energy generation over the Easter weekend. The coal-free period started from Thursday night, continuing all the way to Monday Evening, ending in a total run of 90 hours 45 minutes. Demolishing the previous record of 76 hours, which was set at almost the same time the year before. The four day Bank Holiday weekend with fantastic weather and sunshine, no doubt helping the UK go coal-free, with much of the population hea