UK smashes days-old record, goes without coal for 76 hours

April 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on UK smashes days-old record, goes without coal for 76 hours

Just over a week ago, the United Kingdom set a new record: almost 55 hours without using coal . It didn’t take them long to shatter that record. CleanTechnica reported the country just went 76 hours without the polluting fuel — “for the first time since the 1880s,” according to a National Grid Twitter account . For the first time since the 1880s the UK electricity network has clocked up over 72 hours without the need for coal generation. This new record comes days after the first ever 48 hour period of no coal on the network. — National Grid Media (@Grid_Media) April 24, 2018 The country started their coal-free streak on Saturday, April 21, and went into Tuesday, April 24, ultimately going for 76 hours and 10 minutes, according to the UK Coal Twitter account . This may not be the last record the United Kingdom sets this year; Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit analyst Jonathan Marshall told The Guardian , “Ever rising renewable capacity in the UK will see these records fall more and more frequently, clearly showing progress made over the past decade or two.” The final length of this record #coal free run was 76 Hours 10 minutes. Coal units are now back generating. pic.twitter.com/OauJREXzxN — UK Coal (@UK_Coal) April 24, 2018 Related: The UK just went for a record 55 hours without using coal What did the UK run on in the absence of coal? The Guardian put out a graphic showing the electricity mix from April 21 at 10 AM to April 24 at 10 AM; during that time 30.3 percent of power came from gas , 24.9 percent from wind , 23.3 percent from nuclear , 15.3 percent from biomass or other sources, and 6.2 percent from solar . Electrical engineer Andrew Crossland, who operates MyGridGB , cautioned against replacing coal with gas, telling The Guardian, “Shifting to gas is likely to make our electricity market more volatile as our energy price becomes increasingly locked to international gas markets. That will only hurt consumers.” More coal stations are shuttering — two plant owners in the country have said they’ll close this year, according to The Guardian. What will happen to those brownfield sites? The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit explored that question in a recent blog post from Marshall, who said one old power station could be transformed into a cruise ship terminal, another into housing, and others as logistics centers. At the time of writing, the UK was on another streak and had already gone 39 continuous hours without coal — could another record be over the horizon? Via CleanTechnica and The Guardian Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

The rest is here:
UK smashes days-old record, goes without coal for 76 hours

WWF: 90% of UK’s Energy Could Come From Renewable Sources By 2030

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on WWF: 90% of UK’s Energy Could Come From Renewable Sources By 2030

A new report from the WWF indicates that by 2030 as much as 90% of the UK’s electricity could be produced by wind, solar, tidal and other sustainable sources. Energy prices are currently a major political issue in the UK with the 2020 targets meaning household bills would increase by 4%. However the WWF argues that prices could be reduced through better energy efficiency. Read the rest of WWF: 90% of UK’s Energy Could Come From Renewable Sources By 2030 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2020 renewable energy targets , conservative government green , renewable energy uk , uk energy , uk energy goals , Uk nuclear power , wwf renewable uk report , wwf report , wwf solar power , wwf solar tidal sustainable sources

See more here: 
WWF: 90% of UK’s Energy Could Come From Renewable Sources By 2030

PNC’s New Green Skyscraper to Tap Pittsburgh’s Underground Fourth River

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on PNC’s New Green Skyscraper to Tap Pittsburgh’s Underground Fourth River

Over the past several years, PNC Financial Services has upped the ante on green design in downtown Pittsburgh with the 2009 construction of Three PNC Plaza , a LEED-certified office building, and the addition of one of the world’s biggest green walls at One PNC Plaza. Now, the financial company is preparing to break ground on another office tower that architect Doug Gensler describes as “the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper.” Read the rest of PNC’s New Green Skyscraper to Tap Pittsburgh’s Underground Fourth River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “leed” , Doug Gensler , energy efficient design , geothermal , green design , green roof , pittsburgh , PNC Financial Services , PNC Tower

Read more: 
PNC’s New Green Skyscraper to Tap Pittsburgh’s Underground Fourth River

Bad Behavior has blocked 1974 access attempts in the last 7 days.