Britain goes two months coal-free
At midnight on Wednesday 10 June, Britain (excluding Northern Ireland, as it is not on the National Grid) will have gone two months without burning coal to make electricity.
This new record, which will surpass the previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes by an enormous margin, is thanks in part, but not entirely, to the coronavirus crisis causing a plummet in energy demand.
In 2010, around 40 per cent of the nations electricity came from coal. The high level of investment, advances in technology and falling prices have since helped propel renewable energy towards becoming a mainstream source of power.
The BBC reports that, before this year, there had been a total of 154 days when the combined power created from renewable sources exceeded those from fossil fuels.