Is today Britain’s first day without coal?

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Coal use has been declining in Britain over the last couple of years, but today could mark another major landmark. Right now there is no electricity from coal going into the national grid. There hasn’t been any all day, and if it continues this way, it’ll be Britain’s first day without coal power since the industrial revolution.

Quite something, no? The National Grid certainly think so, and news stories are proliferating this lunchtime.

It’s been fascinating to watch the transition here. In 2014 we were still getting 40% of our electricity from coal. The rush of fracked gas in the US drove America to use more gas and less coal. That pushed down the price of coal on the global markets, and Britain started using more of it. Much of that coal came from Russia, an almost unnoticed dependence on the country at the very moment they…

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