BRITAIN has gone for the longest period without using coal to create electricity since the Victorian times.
The lockdown has meant that most factories, businesses, schools, shops and restaurants are closed, so there’s less demand for electricity. The recent sunny and windy weather has also meant higher levels of renewable power, so coal-fired stations weren’t needed to supply the grid.
The public electricity grid was established in 1882. The previous longest period without coal supplying the grid was set last June and lasted 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes, but that was broken on 28 April this year and was still ongoing as we went to press.
That’s great news for the environment but now, according to new research by Bloomberg NEF, solar and onshore wind power are also the cheapest new sources of electricity for most of the world. Globally, prices for wind and solar energy are around 50% less than they were just two years ago.
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