National Grid has announced that for the first time, zero carbon power generation outstripped fossil fuels in Britain in 2019.

Throughout the twelve months of last year, 48.5% of the country’s power came from zero carbon sources, including wind farms, solar and nuclear energy, alongside energy imported by subsea interconnectors. Throughout the same period, 43% of Britain’s electricity came from fossil fuels, predominantly gas. The remaining 8.5% was generated by 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.”

The record breaking year saw new highs in solar and wind generation, as well as days without coal as the country moved towards a greener energy system.

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