Britain exceeds major energy benchmark


Britain has just crossed an important milestone – at midnight Wednesday, it spent two full months without using electricity from coal-fired power plants for the first time since the industrial revolution.

The new record, the National Grid said, is in part the result of the coronavirus pandemic. The cessation of manufacturing and the increase in homework have resulted in an average 15 to 20% drop in demand for electricity.

He also comes renewable energies are contributing more than ever to the energy mix. In a record month of May, these sources of energy represented an average of 28% of all energy production.

Solar and wind generated 11.45% and 15.87% of British energy respectively last month, while hydro added 0.69%.

Energy production from environmentally friendly biomass contributed 8.75%. Nuclear, which produces no greenhouse gas emissions, produced almost 23% of all energy.

The main contributor, however, was natural gas, with 30.06% of total production from this source. Although natural gas is a fossil fuel, it produces about 50% less greenhouse gases than coal.

No coal-fired power plants by 2024

Ten years ago, coal accounted for more than 40% of British energy production during the year, according to data from Drax Electric Insights.

The country plans to close coal-fired power plants by 2024 as part of efforts to reach its goal of zero net emissions by 2050.

The first charcoal day in Britain was recorded in 2017. Until this month’s record, the longest preceding charcoal free period was in May 2019, when coal energy did nothing network for two weeks.

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Source: IEA World Energy Outlook.

Britain’s energy consumption model is is part of a global trend. International Energy Agency 2019 World energy balance data set shows that coal continues to be a major component of global energy consumption, accounting for 28% of the total. Oil remains at the top with 32%, followed by natural gas (22%), biofuels (9%), nuclear (5%), hydroelectricity (2%) and wind and solar (1%) ).

The agency also expects rapid global growth in natural gas and renewable energy production – including a fivefold increase in solar energy and a threefold increase in wind energy consumption from here. 2040.



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