Coal disappeared from the UK power grid for a day


The UK’s early commitment to carbon reduction produced an attention-grabbing milestone on April 21. The grid’s operator says that date marked the first 24-hour period since the 1880s that Great Britain didn’t draw power from coal-fired stations, as Bloomberg reported. Coal has been displaced in large part by gas, but offshore wind turbines and solar panels make up a growing 30% stake of UK power production. In fact, countries across the EU have seen faster-than-expected transitions to renewables, and the UK aims to end coal power production by 2025.

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