Great Britain’s electricity network has run for more than two days without any power generated from coal for the first time in 136 years.

The grid ran for 54 hours and 50 minutes without using any electricity from coal-fired power stations between the night of Monday 16 April and the early hours of the morning of Thursday 19 April.

The previous record of 40.5 hours was set last October over a weekend.

The UK Government announced in 2016 that it would phase out the use of coal by 2025, although think tanks have called for the date to be brought forward to 2023.

Coal ‘still has a role’

Fintan Slye, Director of UK System Operations at National Grid, said: “We have set a new record by operating the electricity system without coal for just under 55 hours.

“The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity and our energy mix continues to change.

“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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