The UK ran coal free for 24 hours on Friday 21 April, the first time the country had done so on a working day since the Industrial Revolution.
According to the BBC, about 50% of British energy on 21 April came from natural gas and around 25% from nuclear power. The remaining 25% was provided by biomass, wind and imported energy.
Coal-free days are likely to become increasingly common in the future, with the UK government planning to phase out the use of the fossil fuel in order to meet climate change commitments. The country’s last coal power station will be forced to close in 2025.
West Burton 1 Power Station, which had been the only coal power station in operation, went offline on Thursday evening. Until Friday’s milestone, the longest coal free period since the advent of the fossil fuel had come in 2016, when the UK ran for 19 hours without coal use.
“煤炭一直是英国的重要组成部分，并得到了很多人的认可，随着英国多家火电站关闭或转为使用生物能源发电，煤电在该国发电量中占比近来大幅下降。次是令人振奋的一步，不使用煤炭电力系统仍能运行。” 华威商学院，WBS全球能源研究网David Elmes表示。
"Coal has been a vital part of the UK over my lifetime, and due recognition to the people who made that happen, but this is an exciting step in the huge transition the UK is making to an electricity system that’s still affordable and reliable but more sustainable through using gas rather than coal.“ said David Elmes, Warwick Business School, Head of the WBS Global Energy Research Network.
“There are still challenges and opportunities ahead. Using less coal is not just about changing the fuel used in power stations, it’s a shift in the way we generate, store and use energy from big centralised solutions like large power stations and the national network of pylons and cables we use to move electricity around.We already see a move to more local, distributed ways that energy is made and used, in our homes, communities and in industry.”