Last month, the National Grid burned no coal. Due to the glorious sunny and breezy weather which we all enjoyed, the nation's solar farms and wind turbines were deployed to great effect, producing over a quarter of all the UK's electricity.
Energy demand is expected to grow sharply over the coming months, but there remains little appetite to return to coal fired energy generation.
While gas, nuclear and hydro remain a huge part of our national energy mix, solar farms are fast becoming a very significant provider. Further, the Government recently re-introduced support for on-shore wind turbines.
In these troubled times, this is a welcome breath of fresh air.
The UK’s electricity system recorded its “greenest” ever month in May after running without coal-fired electricity for a full calendar month. The National Grid, the energy system operator, said the country’s sunniest spring on record helped generate enough solar power to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded. The bright and breezy weather helped wind and solar power make up about 28% of Britain’s electricity last month, narrowly behind gas-fired power generation, which made up 30% of the energy mix.