Great Britain’s electricity system recorded its greenest ever day over the Easter bank holiday as sunshine and windy weather, coupled with low demand for power, led to a surge in renewable sources of energy.
It meant low-carbon energy sources made up almost 80% of Britain’s power. There was no coal generation on the grid and just 10% of power was from gas plants, the operator added.
The power plants generating electricity in England, Scotland and Wales produced only 39g of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt-hour of electricity Last Monday, according to National Grid’s electricity system operator, it was the lowest carbon intensity recorded since National Grid records began in 1935.
It was stated, wind power made up 39% of the energy mix, with solar at 21% and nuclear accounting for 16% with the burning of biomass accounted for around 4%. By comparison, Last Tuesday, 24.8% of Britain’s energy came from fossil fuels, most of which was gas, while 45.2% was renewable energy sources.
The previous record for Great Britain’s greenest day was set during lockdown last year, on 24th May. When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plunged, and the National Grid responded by taking power plants off the network and the four-remaining coal-fired plants were among the first to be shut down.
The new record may be a cause for celebration as the UK strives for a near zero-carbon society. However, there is still much more work to be complete as the government aims to have almost all electricity produced from low carbon sources by 2030.
Fintan Slye, a director at the system operator at National Grid, said the latest record was another example of how Britain’s energy system was transforming “at an astonishing rate” as the industry moves away from fossil fuels and begins to harness renewable energy sources.
“It’s an exciting time, and the progress we’re seeing with these records underlines the significant strides we’re taking towards our ambition of being able to operate the system carbon free by 2025,” Slye said.
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