• Britain intends to reach net zero emissions by the year 2050
• The demand for the electricity was curbed by the measures on homes and business to contain the novel coronavirus
According to the statement given by National Grid on Monday, Britain’s electricity system witnessed the greenest year on record in the year 2020, with record renewable power and its longest period without coal since the industrial revolution.
Britain intends to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and this will need an immense surge in the amount of renewable power.
National Grid’s ESO (Electricity System Operator) said “Significant periods of coal-free electricity generation and record-breaking levels of power from zero carbon sources were key factors… while record low electricity demand during the nation’s lockdown also contributed.”
The demand for the electricity was curbed by the measures on homes and business to contain the novel coronavirus. National Grid ESO further said Britain was powered coal-free for over 5,147 hours in 2020, as compared with 3,666 hours in the previous year.
It also said that the solar power also witnessed a new record, proving a third of the Britain’s electricity on several days during May.