Britain has seen its first working day since the industrial revolution without coal-powered generation, according to the National Grid.

From 11pm on Thursday to 11pm on Friday the nation’s electricity demand was met by natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, biomass and imported power from France.

National Grid’s Director of System Operator Cordi O’Hara described it as a “watershed moment in how our energy system is changing”

“The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes. However, it’s important to remember coal is still an important source of energy as we transition to a low carbon system.”

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Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said: “The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition. A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable, and in 10 years’ time our energy system will have radically transformed again.

“The direction of travel is that both in the UK and globally we are already moving towards a low carbon economy. It is a clear message to any new government that they should prioritise making the UK a world leader in clean, green, technology.”

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