08 May UK Breaks it coal addiction for entire week
Great News! The UK has gone an entire week without requiring coal to generate electricity. This marks the first time since the Industrial Revolution that we haven’t used coal and a key step change.
The UK has long had a history of using Coal to generate electricity since the original coal power station launched back in 1882and changes in the last few decades has seen our requirement for Coal reduce, as we continue to cut carbon emissions and seek cleaner, greener options.
With just six remaining Coal-fired power stations in “use”, acting as a back-up during periods of peak demands as the UK now receives its power from Gas, Nuclear and wind this is a significant change to where our coal use was over a decade ago.
Our previous coal-free period was during the Easter weekend and there is hope that this continues and then slowly and surely there won’t be a requirement to uplift our energy requirements with Coal. With the overall aim that Coal will be completely phased out by 2025 and discouraged by increasing the cost in carbon emission and in turn forcing alternatives to be more competitive and cheaper.