Hot Weekend Shuts Down the Coal-Fired Power Stations

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK ran on not-coal-generated forms of electricity for the longest period since our best method of power generation was the water wheel and pulling things up rivers with horses, with the coal-fired power stations left smouldering and offline for 90-straight hours over the warm long weekend.

That's the longest the country has run on non-coal electricity since the industrial revolution says National Grid, which logged a record-breaking period of 90 hours and 45 minutes when no coal power hit the power lines. The run ended on Monday evening when Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station was told to get ready to assist in heating up everyone's evening meals. We'd had a busy weekend and all of our literal and metaphorical batteries were flat.

Now that we're back at work with everything switched on and are stealing office electricity to charge our phones, the coal stations are back online, accounting for around four per cent of current power generation. [UK_Coal via BBC]

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