Clean energy is overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

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Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.

This will be the first year that fossil fuels account for less than half of the electricity generated in Britain, according to National Grid as clean energy nudges ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas.

National Grid say in the last decade, coal generation will have dropped from 30% to 3%. Whereas, wind power has gone up from 1% to 19%.

The report follows Britain’s record stretch of 18 consecutive coal-free days earlier in the year. These coal-free days effectively prevented 5m tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, or the equivalent of over 12bn miles driven in a car, reports The Guardian.

John Pettigrew, CEO of National Grid, told BBC News: “Over the last 10 years there’s been real progress in de-carbonisation of the energy system – but 2019 is going to be a key milestone.

“It’s the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It’s tremendously exciting because it’s such a tipping point.”