Friday, April 21, 2017

Britain Is About To Go A Full Day Without Coal For The First Time Since 1882 | The Huffington Post

Britain Is About To Go A Full Day Without Coal For The First Time Since 1882 | The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― In 1952, London’s coal-fired factories and power plants spewed out so much pollution, a dense, acrid smog settled over the British capital, killing as many as 4,000 people.

Sixty-five years later, the United Kingdom is poised to complete its first full day without burning any coal to generate electricity, according to National Grid, the utility that operates the British power grid. The last coal-fired plant stopped running at 11 p.m. local time the day before, making Friday the country’s first day without coal since 1882.

Great Britain has never had a continuous 24 hour period without #coal. Today is looking like it could be the first.

— NG Control Room (@NGControlRoom) April 21, 2017
The U.K. switches on coal-fired plants only when cleaner power stations can’t meet electricity demand. Over the last few days, coal has made up a sliver of Britain’s energy mix, according to data from Drax, the country’s biggest power station operator.


  

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