Hooray! Britain ran on Low Carbon Energy for 6 days.

  • 18th November 2016

The U.K took a step in the right direction as it was revealed we ran entirely on low carbon energy for 6 days. Britain, was completely coal free – the first instance Britain burnt no coal to produce its electricity since 1881.

It comes after the Government announced plans that would see Britain's coal-fired power stations probably close by 2025.

In the third quarter of 2016 the UK was able to produce over half of its electricity from low-carbon sources. In period between July and September biomass, nuclear, wind, solar and low-carbon energy imports hit 50.2 per cent. Nuclear energy provided the largest share of low-carbon energy over the last three months, generating over a quarter of the UK’s electricity (26%), followed by on-shore and off-shore wind (10%), solar (5%), biomass (4%), low-carbon energy imports from France (4%) and hydro (1%). Back in 2010 it was only 20%, which indicates a huge surge in the harnessing of renewable energy in Britain.

The findings from Drax, come from the first report of their newly launched a quarterly report in collaboration with Imperial College London on trends in the UK energy market.

Iain Staffell, of Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, said: “You cannot manage what you cannot measure.  Although there is a huge amount of data available on our electricity system, before now there was no way to put it all together to see the big picture of what is happening, and more importantly why.

“My work with Drax provided an opportunity to apply my research to cut through the noise and understand Britain’s electricity is changing for the better.  We are so used to bad-news stories about the environment, so it is good to see that for once concrete progress is being made