Britain just managed to run entirely on renewable energy for nearly 6 days

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Britain just managed to run entirely on renewable energy for nearly 6 days

Britain has reached a green turning point as electricity was completely coal-free for nearly six days over the last quarter.

More than half of the UK’s electricity has come from low-carbon sources for the first time, a new study has found.

The research from energy company Drax, which operates a biomass power station, found electricity from low-emission sources had peaked at 50.2 per cent between July and September.

It comes after the Government announced plans that would see Britain's coal-fired power stations probably close by 2025.

The report said: "Britain’s electricity was completely coal-free for nearly six days over the last quarter.

"Coal plants have been pushed off the system by competition from gas, nuclear and renewables. 5 May 2016 was a historic day, the first time since 1881 that Britain burnt no coal to produce its electricity.

"Far from being a one-off, this has continued to become the norm over summer."

The International Energy Agency called last year a "turning point" for the planet, as green energy accounted for more than half of new electricity capacity for the first time.

Ministers said last week that Britain's eight remaining "unabated" coal power stations will be forced to close in 2025 unless they can halve their carbon emissions. Some plants are expected to close regardless given that the process to install the technology to become "abated" is expensive.

The Government said it wanted to see an "orderly transition" away from unabated coal generation and launched a consultation on achieving it which will close in February.

Source: Independent