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Britain’s First Coal-free Day Since Industrial Revolution

Nuclear and gas still form a big part of Britain’s energy mix. But the coal-free milestone was reached through rapid progress in renewable technology.

The cost of wind and solar energy has plummeted in recent years. Britain has invested huge amounts in offshore wind farms, which now surround much of the coastline. But Britain is lagging behind others in Europe. Portugal went more than four straight days on renewable energy in 2016.

 

Britain has recorded its first full day without using coal power since the Industrial Revolution began more than 200 years ago. The remarkable milestone was achieved Friday, following years of investment in renewable energy and the perfect combination of another famous British characteristic: its unpredictable weather. “So that’s both solar and wind. And when the sun…

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