UK sets record for life without coal

The UK's renewable energy expansion and emissions policy have practically slashed coal out of the country's energy mix, which has been running completely free of the fossil energy source since May 1 – the longest period since the Industrial Revolution. The National Grid expects to operate a zero-carbon system by 2025.

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The UK has gone more than five days without burning coal, the longest streak the country has managed without burning the fuel since the Industrial Revolution.

Great Britain was an early adopter of renewable energy and has more offshore wind turbines installed than any other country. It also has fields of solar panels that are meeting more and more demand as old traditional power plants close permanently.

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