It Was Another Bad Weekend for the Coal Merchants

By Gary Cutlack on at

Hot on the heels of the last bit of warm weather we had came another bit of warm weather this weekend, but this is not a retrospective weather forecast. It's your regular update on the state of coal-fired power generation in the UK, which hit a new record low over the bank holiday.

Clean-power advocates rejoiced last month, when the bonkers-warm Easter resulted in the UK going for 90 hours without having to burn any coal to keep the lights on. That record was smashed again this weekend, as thanks to sunshine and the vape juice factories being offline for the bank holiday, the nation's electricity was produced by non-coal methods for over 100 consecutive hours, for the first time since electricity was only generated through rubbing jumpers together in Victorian times.

The current total stands at 140 hours, a number that's being updated sort-of-live by the UK Coal Twitter account, if you want to cheer us on, as a nation, as we single-handedly set about showing the world that renewables work. When the sun's out and it's a bit breezy and the computers are all off.

A spokesperson for the National Grid said: "It's becoming a more regular occurrence now. More people have installed solar, more coal is coming off and there’s more wind in the system." [UK Coal via Telegraph]