Here are some excerpts of the interview I did for Sky News about the announcement from the National Grid that more power came from renewable sources than from fossil fuels for the first time in Britain in 2019. I think that it is a very important milestone. It means that the National Grid really are on course to make the whole of our electricity grid carbon neutral by 2025. So it’s a pretty important step to have taken. We were the first big nation to start burning coal, and we are among the first of the biggest nations to put an end to coal. And we are not only doing it here, it is also a tribute to our government that it has led the international effort, called Powering Past Coal Alliance, to actually drive coal out of the global economy. So it is very good news. We have created a policy regime which means that people are right and confident in investing in zero carbon energy, and that was really a product of the Climate Change Act, which is another way in which Britain has been leading the world. It is also quite simply the economics of renewables, have fallen far faster, and far further, than anyone thought even three of four years ago. So now renewables compete even with new gas coming on stream. So you are just getting a better option, not only for the planet, but also for customer’s bills.
Tom Burke 1st Jan 2020 read more »