Since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is acquiring more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been processed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid claims clean energy has jabbed ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas.
The rest is biomass burning. The transformation reflects the precipitous refusal of coal energy, and boom from wind and solar. National Grid claims that in the past decade, coal generation will have ramped from 30% to 3%. meanwhile, wind power has shot up from 1% to 19%.
Mini-milestone have been passed gradually. In May, for instance, Britain clocked up its first coal-free fortnight and boosted the record levels of solar power for two consecutive days.
The shift is being operated by the requirement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, which are overheating the climate. The electricity sector was considered as the easiest place to make.
National Grid CEO, John Pettigrew told media, “ over the last 10 years there’s been real progress in de-carbonization of the energy system – but 2019 is going to be a key milestone”.
He also added, “it’s the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It’s tremendously exciting because it’s such a tipping point. ”