Wind, solar and nuclear power have each generated more electricity than coal and gas combined – for the first time ever in the UK.
The National Grid said the landmark was achieved at 1pm on Wednesday.
Wind supplied an estimated 9.5 gigawatts, nuclear provided 8.2 gigawatts and solar contributed 7.3 gigawatts, all ahead of gas on 7.2 gigawatts. There was no electricity from coal at that time.
Renewables alone – wind, solar, biomass and hydro – also set another record for generation, reaching about 18.7 gigawatts at the same time. This represented about 50.7 per cent of demand, and is enough to supply about 13.5 million homes with electricity.
In a message on Twitter, the National Grid said: “For the first time ever […] wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined.”
However, at 8am on Thursday, gas was providing 43 per cent of the UK’s electricity, with nuclear supplying more than …