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UK set for first coal-power free week in over a century

Christian Fernsby |
Britain is set to go seven days without electricity from coal-fired stations for the first time since its 19th century industrial revolution, the National Grid operator said.

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"1.24 pm (12.24 GMT) today, we will reach over a week of no coal being used to operate the electricity system,” Fintan Slye, director of National Grid Group’s Electricity System Operator, said in a statement.

“As more and more renewables come onto our energy system, coal-free runs like this are going to be a regular occurrence.”

Low power prices and levies on CO2 emissions have also made it increasingly unprofitable to run coal plants, especially when wind and solar power production are high.

Britain’s independent climate advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, last week recommended that it deepen its climate target to a net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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