The power piped into British homes during lockdown was the cleanest ever, thanks to record generation by renewables and a dramatic drop in demand from offices and factories. New analysis from Imperial College London and power firm Drax reveals carbon emissions from the UK electricity grid dropped by one third to hit their lowest level on record during April, May and June, compared to the same period a year earlier. Unusually good weather was one of the main drivers behind the Britain’s green power streak. Clear skies and strong breezes helped wind and solar generation to dominate, at one point meeting almost 70 per cent of Britain’s power needs. Solar power also benefited from cleaner air during lockdown, with clear skies allowing more sunlight to make its way to the surface of panels, the experts said.
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