It's gone from 40% coal powered to ~2% in 8yrs. And plenty for other countries to learn from the experience.
How did it happen and what does it mean?
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36% renewables, of which
––––> 9% solar
––––> 9% biomass
––––> 1% hydro
9% imports, of which
––––> 5% France
––––> 3% Belgium
––––> 2% NL
That's never happened before.
Renewables might -or might not- beat fossil fuels over the full year, but the trend is only going in one direction:
Nothing's guaranteed, but it will probably continue until the end of the summer.
That would push the record out towards five months without coal power in Britain.
The big picture is that coal is being squeezed out of the British electricity mix by falling demand and renewables.
The same goes for gas.
–check out the shrinking dark grey wedges here
During the two months without coal, demand has been 15% lower than in the same period last year.
(Demand was already falling yr-on-yr; this is additional)
The 'carbon intensity' of our electricity has fallen an amazing two-thirds since 2012, from 508gCO2/kWh to an average of 173gCO2/kWh in 2020 to date. Wow.
TL;DR = renewables, efficiency / falling demand, carbon taxes, air pollution rules, govt pledges, protest groups, dash for gas, Thatcher
Guess what – coal was the biggest factor.
Now it's almost gone, the country must tackle emissions from elsewhere. Transport is number one source.
Data covers transmission-connected generation in GB only. That means it misses out a bunch of windfarms (and some industrial gas). The true share for renewables will be higher than reported here and CO2/kWh lower.
Of the 2% from NL, last I checked around 10% was from coal, so we're talking about 0.2% of GB supplies. https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-coronavirus-has-cut-co2-from-europes-electricity-system-by-39-per-cent
The coronavirus pandemic has seen entire countries locked down, with businesses, industry and travel all curtailed in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-coronavirus-has-cut-co2-from-europes-electricity-system-by-39-per-cent
But biomass also includes landfill gas, "digesting" food waste & burning chicken shit (really). https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-low-carbon-electricity-generation-stalls-in-2019
The amount of electricity generated by low-carbon sources in the UK stalled in 2019, Carbon Brief analysis shows. Low-carbon electricity output from wind, solar, nuclear, hydro and biomass rose by...https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-uk-low-carbon-electricity-generation-stalls-in-2019
plenty more to say but here's a few pointers: https://twitter.com/DrSimEvans/status/1270794981842857987