Britain’s electricity network is on track to run for hours at a time without burning any natural gas by the middle of the decade, according to National Grid. Energy bosses are eyeing the next step in cleaner energy after Britain last week went a record two months without burning any coal to generate electricity. National Grid Electricity Systems Operator, which runs the main networks, wants to be able to run a “carbon-free” network by 2025. A spokesman said: “Meeting this goal means operating the system without any gas generation running for short periods in 2025.” That is likely to be hours at a time rather than days. Natural gas, drilled from underground including the North Sea, generated almost 40pc of the UK’s electricity last year, although the fossil fuel’s role is falling as more wind and solar power stations are hooked up to the grid.
Telegraph 13th June 2020 read more »