Clean Electricity Has Overtaken Fossil Fuels in Britain

Britain is now obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the industrial revolution. This milestone was passed for the first 5 months of 2019.

The National Grid reported that clean energy nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against that of the 47% from coal and gas.

Britain’s Electricity Generation Jan-May 2019

According to the National Grid, coal generation has plunged a massive 27% , from 30% to 3% in the past decade. In the same time, wind power has risen from 1% to 19%.

This comes following another recent milestone of Britain’s First Coal Free Week.

Percent of Britain’s Electricity Generation by Source

This change is required to cut greenhouse gas emissions over growing climate change fears, with the electricity sector seen as the easiest place to start.

John Pettigrew, CEO of National Grid, told BBC News:

"Over the last 10 years there’s been real progress in de-carbonisation of the energy system – but 2019 is going to be a key milestone.

"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."