On April 21, Great Britain did something that it had not done in more than 130 years: go 24 hours without burning coal to generate electricity. The move is being hailed by green power initiative supporters from around the country as a major step forward in the transition to renewable and more environmentally-friendly energy sources.
Cordi O’Hara, the Director of UK System Operator at National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing.” Indeed the energy landscape of Britain is changing rapidly. What was once the largest coal plant in the country, the Drax power plant in North Yorkshire is now generates electricity from biomass.
Over a century ago, Britain was the first country to burn coal to generate electricity in the massive steam-powered plants constructed to power new and burgeoning industries and manufacturing. Today, the amount of reliance on coal has fallen tremendously. Two years ago, coal burning made up about 23% of all electricity generation in the United Kingdom; that number fell to just nine percent last year.
Instead, the country has turned to natural gas power for the majority of electricity generation, with those power plants providing 47% of all electricity. Wind farms and nuclear power plants provided 18%, solar panels provided 10%, and 6% came from the aforementioned biomass.
Scotland has already completely rid itself of coal power entirely, with the last two plants closing in March of last year. As a result, carbon emissions levels are down to their lowest levels since the late 1800s.
The United Kingdom has also shown some substantial resolve to go even further in its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint as well. Legislation has bound the country to cut greenhouse gas emissions levels from 1990 by 80% by the year 2050. In December, 2015, ministers announced the ambitious goal to completely phase out by coal power entirely by 2025. This past week’s landmark accomplishment shows that they may not be far off from making that a reality.
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