National Grid ESO acclaim 2020 as greenest for Britain: Britain’s electricity system had the greenest year ever on record in 2020 according to National Grid ESO.

The electricity system conductor National Grid ESO, that studied the yearly data, indicate the country was powered without coal for about 5,147 hours in 2020, in comparison with 3,666 hours in 2019, 1,856 in 2018 & 624 in 2017.

The study demonstrates the record for the highest ever amount of wind production was broken many times last year whereas on 26th August, the electricity system showed wind providing its record high portion of about 59.9% to the electricity mix.

Reported by National Grid’s data, solar power also set new records with its highest contribution of an estimated 34% in the mix.

Rob Rome, Interim Head of National Control at National Grid ESO, stated: “2020 has been a record-breaking year for Great Britain’s electricity system. The grid continues to transform at an astonishing rate as we move away from fossil fuel generation and harness the growth of renewable power sources.

“In our role balancing Britain’s electricity supply and demand, we’re continuously innovating with industry to improve the grid’s resilience and make sure it’s ready to exploit the potential of these renewables.

“It’s an exciting time, and the progress we’re seeing with these records underlines the significant strides we’re taking towards our ambition of being able to operate the system carbon-free by 2025.”

National Grid ESO acclaim 2020 as greenest for Britain

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