Britain went for more than two days without burning any coal for electricity this week, the first time since the Victorian era. Coal-fired power stations were Britain’s biggest source of electricity as recently as 2013, but usage is now in decline because of environmental legislation and the carbon tax. This levy makes it expensive to burn coal relative to gas. The government has said that the polluting fuel source will be phased out by 2025 at the latest. National Grid said that no coal plants were running for a record of 54 hours and 55 minutes, from 10.25pm on Monday to 5.20am yesterday. Wind farms and gas-fired power plants provided the majority of Britain’s electricity over the period, with wind power accounting for 33.7 per cent of supplies on Tuesday. The resumption of coal generation appeared to reflect wind power declining in the calm weather yesterday morning. Plants are struggling to survive financially and they now rely on government subsidies to help them in winter, when they are needed to meet peak demand. Last April the UK had its first day without coal. A coal-free period of 40 hours had been recorded since then, but this week was significant because it was on weekdays, when demand is higher.
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Britain goes for a record 55 hours without coal power relying on gas, wind, nuclear, solar, and biomass.
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