Coal-free first for electricity in Great Britain

The Guardian discusses how electricity was generated without the use of coal for the first month ever. Coronavirus slump and sunniest spring on record send green energy soaring in England, Wales and Scotland.

Great Britain’s electricity system recorded its “greenest” ever month in May after running without coal-fired electricity for a full calendar month.

The National Grid, the energy system operator, said the country’s sunniest spring on record helped generate enough solar power to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded.

The bright and breezy weather helped wind and solar power make up about 28% of Great Britain’s electricity last month, narrowly behind gas-fired power generation, which made up 30% of the energy mix.

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