The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. The control room tweeted the predicted milestone on Friday, adding that it is also set to be the first 24-hour coal-free period in Britain.
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Britain was on track on Friday to work a full day without turning on its coal-fired power stations for the first time in more than 130 years. Engineers in National Grid’s control room watched the share of electricity from the country’s shrinking number of coal power plants sink to zero at around 11pm on Thursday night. By Friday afternoon, they said coal was not expected to return before midnight, creating the first working day in which no electricity came from the fossil fuel that has been a bedrock of the UK’s energy system since the first steam-driven public power station opened in the 1880s.
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