National Grid ESO Coal Free Record

A whole 26 days without coal!

Last week we announced the longest coal free period of generation ever! As of today it’s now 26 days without coal!

decarbonisation of british electricity

 

Last week we announced the longest coal free period of generation ever! As of today it’s now 26 days without coal!

In recent years we’ve overseen Britain’s transition away from coal. In May 2019 there was a 2-week period where there was coal free operation of Great Britain’s electricity system. This has quickly been beaten after the record breaking sunlight in April.

Last year we announced we will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon by 2025. We’re really proud of our zero carbon targets

The carbon intensity of the electricity system has halved over the last five years and we’ve seen an even larger drop of almost 60% if we go back to 2013. The recent low demand for energy due to COVID-19 has dramatically reduced the use of fossil fuel based generation, and this has been supported by our optimised renewable generation.

Due to the lower demand, we can run a higher proportion of solar, wind and nuclear generation. 2020 will most likely be the lowest carbon electricity generation year in history.

Last month we saw the record for solar generation in one day, and we anticipate renewable will contribute a higher proportion than ever before this year.

We’re empowering people to make more conscious decisions about how they consume energy by making our data easily available.

We have launched a carbon intensity app  - available for free on Google Play Store and The App Store - to show people the greenest times of day to use electricity and help them see real time information on how our electricity is being produced. This app can help with our drive to zero carbon in 2025 and beyond.