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The UK Just Went a Full Week Without Coal, for the First Time in 137 Years


Sorry, coal, but Britain is totally over you. This week, the U.K. set a record for going one week (which turned into more than eight days!) without using any coal power, The Independent reported. This is the first time the U.K. did so since 1882 — which is when London opened the first coal power plant on the planet.

The coal-free week began at 1:24 p.m. local time on Wednesday, May 1, and the grid was still turned on at 1:24 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, The Guardian reported via the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO). On Thursday, May 9, the ESO confirmed on Twitter that a coal power plant was brought back online just before 3:00 p.m. local time, bringing the total coal-free run to eight days, one hour, and 25 minutes. As the ESO tweeted, the control room had to bring the plant online because there was a tripped plant.