The operator of Great Britain’s electricity transmission networks National Grid confirmed on 21 April that it had supplied Great Britain’s electricity demand for the first 24-hour period without coal generation since the 1880s.
National Grid hailed the event as a “watershed” moment, symbolic of Great Britain’s broader transition away from using fossil fuels. Cordi O’Hara, Director of UK Market Operation at National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.”