The Anonymous Widower

Britain Goes Coal-Free For Two Months – Longest Period Since Industrial Revolution

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Independent.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Britain is on course to pass an energy milestone as it reaches two months of coal-free power generation on Wednesday – the longest period the country has gone without using the fossil fuel since the industrial revolution.

It is partly due, to a lack of electricity demand due to COVID-19, but overall it is a good thing.

As I write this at 14:30 on the 9th June 2020, UK Electricity Production gives the various sources of production as follows.

  • Biomass – 3,045 MW
  • CCGT – 17,442 MW
  • Hydroelectric – 217 MW
  • Interconnects – 1,977 MW
  • Nuclear – 4,229 MW
  • Other – 75 MW
  • Pumped Storage – 0 MW
  • Solar – 4,800 MW
  • Wind – 697 MW

This all adds up to a total of 32.42 GW.


  1. CCGT  stands for combined cycle gas turbine.
  2. Solar power is generating more than nuclear.
  3. I don’t think today is a very windy day!

I have just used the site to look at a few solar farms in Kent. Most seem to be generating 14.8 % of their capacity.



June 10, 2020 - Posted by | World | , , ,


  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see no further use of coal until autumn at the earliest given that C19 is going to suppress demand for months. Even then it may be called upon for system support rather than merit order generating Of course we still import 1GW from Holland which still has a fair amount of coal on the system!!

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  2. I can’t see some of the coal-fired power stations lasting very long.

    Aberthaw B was decommissioned in March 2020.

    Cottam was decommissioned in 2019.

    Drax is now firing biomass, will stop burning coal by early 2021 and was saying on the TV yesterday, they will be installing carbon capture and storage.

    Eggborough is now decommissioned and will be replaced with a 2500 CCGT power station.

    Kilroot appears to be producing no electricity.

    Ratcliffe-on-Soar appears to be producing no electricity.

    West Burton appears to be producing no electricity.

    Comment by AnonW | June 10, 2020 | Reply

  3. It would be good if the solar and wind power generation increased. I actually like the gracefulness of wind turbines; I agree there are wildlife issues that need sorting out. If our roof was suitable solar panels we would have them, but it isn’t – we live an old house. Pity they can’t use them on vehicles; we live in a busy-ish road, and the air was lovely and sweet and clean when lockdown started. And silent. But it is busier now, and not as clean and nice. And air traffic is increasing slightly, although a lot of it has been military air traffic which we rarely see normally, flying over because there are no passenger planes.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | June 10, 2020 | Reply

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