Britain Has Produced More Power From Zero-Carbon Sources Than Fossil Fuels This Year

2019 has been described as a 'key milestone' for the de-carbonization of the energy system
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For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain has produced more power from zero-carbon sources than from fossil fuels - noting a surge in wind and solar power.

According to data from National Grid, 48 percent of Britain's electricity generation between January - May 2019 was from zero-carbon sources.

This includes imports (six percent), nuclear energy (18 percent), and renewable energy (24 percent).

While only three percent came from coal - a 27 percent decrease in the past decade - and 41 percent from gas.

National Grid also claims that wind power has drastically increased from one percent to 19 percent.

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'A key milestone'

CEO of National Grid, John Pettigrew, told BBC News: "Over the last 10 years there's been real progress in de-carbonization of the energy system – but 2019 is going to be a key milestone.  

"It's the first time since the Industrial Revolution that more electricity has been produced from zero and low-carbon sources rather than fossil fuels. It's tremendously exciting because it's such a tipping point."

Vegan energy

Earlier this year, Ecotricity became the first vegan energy company in the UK - after it received approval from the Vegan society.

The organization creates electricity from the wind and sun, and produces gas from frack-free gas mills - dubbing itself as 'Britain's greenest energy company'.

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