A Day Without Coal — Why Last Friday’s Generation Mix In The UK Is Such A Big Deal

If you’ve driven, owned, or even thought of owning an electric car, the chances are you’ve had at least one person come up to you and tell you how dirty electric cars are because they’re supposedly powered by coal fired power stations…

But last Friday in the UK, something very special happened indeed: the UK National Grid pulsed with electricity for an entire day without a single joule of it coming from a coal-powered fire station. What’s more, it’s the first time in one hundred and thirty-five years that my home country hasn’t burned coal to produce electricity for an entire day.

Why this is so important, and what it means for the future of plug-in vehicles, is explained in the video above.

Thanks to Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged for appearing in today’s video! Do make sure you support his channel over at Youtube.com.

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  • Ed Corteen

    Very good news all round as to the suggestions, all done!

    1. Diesel car traded in for Nissan Leaf
    2. Signed up with Ecotricity
    3. Installed Soar on roof with battery backup
    4. currently generating ~ 80kW a week in cloudy old Blighty more than enough to charge the Leaf!

    • Martin Lacey

      80kW a week… how many panels? If you don’t mind a personal question – how much did your system cost?

      • Edwyn Corteen

        14 panels about 4kW in east west split connected to 3kW battery £7500