May 13, 2016

UK coal power halted twice this week

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For the second time this week, the UK has not generated any power from coal fired-plants. The National Grid told

For the second time this week, the UK has not generated any power from coal fired-plants.

The National Grid told Energy Live News that there was no coal on the system between midnight and five a.m. on the morning of Thursday, 12 May. During this time, energy was generated through a combination of nuclear, gas and wind.

This follows Tuesday morning’s four-hour coal plant freeze, which marked the first time Britain had not generated any energy from coal since the dawn of central electricity in the late 19th Century.

However, experts were quick to caution that this is not indicative of the imminent death of coal-fired energy. A National Grid spokesperson has blamed a combination of plant maintenance over the summer months as well as cost-effective generator shutdowns for the outages.

The National Grid is ‘generation neutral’, meaning that it does not consciously favour one type of energy generation over another.

Coal was Britain’s leading power source up to 2013. This week marks the first time solar plants have generated more energy than coal.

Last year, the UK government announced plans to close all coal plants by 2025.   

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