New record as UK goes coal free for 55 hours

The UK has gone a record 55 hours without using any of its power plants producing electricity by burning coal.

An early adopter of renewable energy, the UK is leading the way in green power generation by using wind turbines and solar panels to produce power.

According to National Grid data, the UK went coal free between 10.25pm on Monday, April 16 and 5.10am on Thursday, April 19.

This has beaten the UK’s previous record, which was set in October 2017 of 40 coal-free hours and is the first time the nation has been powered for so long without using coal since the world’s first coal-fired power station for public use was opened in London in 1882.

The UK government aims to switch off all coal plants by 2025.