Britain could see its first full day without coal

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Great Britain is expected to have its first day completely free of coal since the days of the Industrial Revolution.

The control room tweeted the predicted milestone on Friday, adding that it is also set to be the first 24-hour coal-free period in Britain.

Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said: "The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition". The previous record is 19 hours, a National Grid spokesperson said.

However, its use has fallen in recent years, as plants closed or switched to burning biomass, and it accounted for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016 - down from 23% the year before.

The news follows a sharp drop in the level of coal used to power Britain's grid in the a year ago, thanks to the deployment of renewables and a fall in the price of gas.

'It is a clear message to any new government that they should prioritise making the United Kingdom a world leader in clean, green technology.

The British government has said it plans to completely phase out coal use by the year 2025, according to Sky News.

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"They will need to get on with the coal phase-out plan and recognize the economic potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency".

'We can meet the UK's needs for skilled jobs and fair bills, whilst also meeting our climate targets'.

Britain opened its first coal-fired power station in 1882 and coal remained a dominant part of the energy mix until the 1990s.

Emma Pinchbeck, the executive director of RenewableUK, praised the progress made in energy production throughout the United Kingdom. President Donald Trump has vowed to bring back coal-mining jobs, despite the fact that the industry has always been on the decline and experts say renewable energy and gas are increasingly affordable and are poised to replace coal, the New York Times reported in March. "‶Coal has been part of the UK's past, but we should celebrate the move away from dirty and old fashioned technology to a modern, clean energy future".

Coal-burning caused pollution problems in the United Kingdom well into the 20th century - and created London's 1952 "killer fog" incident, which covered the city in a thick haze of polluted air for days, leaving at least 4,000 people dead and sending more than 150,000 to the hospital.

Action against climate change is the primary reason for the shift to cleaner energy.