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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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