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  • Paul Ingram

Fossil fuels to generate under half of the UK's yearly power for the first time

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 renewables.

For the first half of 2019, coal has only produced 3% of UK's power. Compare this to just a decade ago, when coal generated almost a third of all energy in the UK.

The National Grid has called this a, "landmark tipping point" and is a "historic achievement" for the UK to become a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

2019 has seen several record breaking coal free periods already. These total coal free days has effectively saved 5m tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere.

Though this is a huge an achievement and big step in the right direction, it however it does need noting that the National Grid are referring to power generated, not power consumed. This is an important difference, due to renewable energy production being intermittent and reliant on nature, which can result in larger production than demand.

This is why storage is a vital component of our future energy system. Being able to store excess power produced will help cut our need for fossil fuels even more, and help make clean renewables the primary source of power.

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