UK sets new coal-free record
The UK has gone without coal-fired power generation for more than 18 days – the longest duration since 1882.
This surpasses the UK’s previous record, which was set on 4 June 2019, partly because of a collapse in demand for electricity during the coronavirus lockdown and because of greater use of solar power.
The new coal-free record comes almost three years after the grid first ran without coal power for 24 hours for the first time.
Since then, all but four of the UK’s coal power plants have shut in advance of a government ban on coal generation from 2025.