Britain achieves “cleanest year on record”

National Grid has announced that 2019 was the “cleanest year on record” for Britain with zero carbon power outstripping fossil fuels for a full twelve months for the first time.

On 1 January, it released data in which it set out how a combination of wind farms, solar power and nuclear energy – along with energy imported through subsea interconnectors – had delivered 48.5% of Britain’s electricity in 2019. In contrast, 43% was generated by fossil fuels while the remaining 8.5% of energy came from biomass.

National Grid CEO, John Pettigrew, said: “As we enter a new decade, this truly is a historic moment and an opportunity to reflect on how much has been achieved. At National Grid, we know we have a critical role in the acceleration towards a cleaner future and are committed to playing our part in delivering a safe and secure energy system that works for all.”

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