Money Britain set for 'watershed' first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution

20:35  21 april  2017
20:35  21 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Dublin Bus drivers vote in solidarity with Bus Eireann staff, as strike temporarily called off

  Dublin Bus drivers vote in solidarity with Bus Eireann staff, as strike temporarily called off Dublin Bus workers have voted to go on strike in solidarity with picketing Bus Eireann staff. This comes as the Bus Éireann strike has been called off temporarily as the Labour Court issued its recommendations.Bus Éireann union members will now vote on the Labour Court proposals, and will decide whether further strike action will be taken.Buses are expected to be back in service by tomorrow, but if the recommendations are rejected both Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann staff could be taking to the pickets.The Dublin Bus ballot was counted at Liberty Hall today and 67pc of staff voted in favour of the action.

Britain could see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal on Friday, National Grid has said. Hannah Martin, from Greenpeace UK, said: “The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.

Hannah Martin, from Greenpeace UK, said: "The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.

UK's environmental policies warning © PA WIRE UK's environmental policies warning

Britain could see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal on Friday, National Grid has said.

If the grid goes the whole of Friday without coal power, it would be the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began.

National Grid's electricity control room tweeted: "It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without coal since the industrial revolution!"

The electricity grid has been coal-free a number of times since last spring, as gas and renewables such as wind and solar play an increasing role in providing the country with power.

London Underground workers to stage strike in row over sacking of colleague

  London Underground workers to stage strike in row over sacking of colleague Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out at 10pm on May 7.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) based mainly at London Bridge will walk out at 10pm on May 7 and launch an indefinite campaign of action including not servicing ticket machines and not challenging passengers who refuse to produce a valid ticket.

The UK could see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal on Friday, National Grid has said. Hannah Martin, from Greenpeace UK, said: “The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.

"The first day without coal in Britain since the industrial revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition," Hannah Martin, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, told the Guardian. "A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable

The longest continuous period until now was 19 hours - first achieved on a weekend last May, and matched on Thursday.

Coal has seen significant declines in recent years, accounting for just 9% of electricity generation in 2016, down from around 23% the year before, as coal plants closed or switched to burning biomass such as wood pellets.

The Government has pledged to phase out coal - the most polluting fossil fuel - from the system by 2025 as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions in the UK.

Hannah Martin, from Greenpeace UK, said: "The first day without coal in Britain since the Industrial Revolution marks a watershed in the energy transition.

"A decade ago, a day without coal would have been unimaginable, and in 10 years' time our energy system will have radically transformed again.

China Will Lead The Electric Car Revolution With More Than 10.5 Million Sales By 2025, Per Report

  China Will Lead The Electric Car Revolution With More Than 10.5 Million Sales By 2025, Per Report China will continue to lead the global market in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids and by 2025 sales will quietly and cleanly zoom to 10.6 million a year, or 30% of its market, according to a report.  The report, from Germany’s University of Duisberg-Essen’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR), said last year 873,000 electric and plug-in hybrids were sold worldwide, with 507,000 in China. CAR groups these two categories together as New Electric Vehicles (NEV). This amounted to a market share of 2.1% in 2016, while in Germany, Europe’s largest market, 0.8% of sales were of NEVs.

Britain expects to see its first full day without using coal to generate electricity since the 1800s. The National Grid control room tweeted: "It looks likely today will be the first working day in Britain without coal power since the industrial revolution !"

It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without # coal since the industrial revolution ! Environmentalists hailed the announcement as a watershed moment in Britain ’s transition to a low carbon economy.

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

"They will need to get on with the coal phase-out plan and recognise 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."

If Britain goes without coal for the whole day, it is thought it will be the first time it has been without electricity from coal since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened at Holborn Viaduct in London, in 1882.

Industry body RenewableUK's executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: "The change in how we produce energy is the industrial revolution of this generation: as the age of coal passes, the renewables boom is well under way.

"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."

ABB, IBM team up on industrial artificial intelligence

  ABB, IBM team up on industrial artificial intelligence ABB has sealed a collaboration agreement with International Business Machines Corp, the Swiss engineering company said on Tuesday, the latest step in its efforts to ramp up its presence in digital technology and the internet of things. In a joint statement ABB said it would combine its digital offering, which gathers information from machinery, with IBM's expertise in artificial intelligence featured in its Watson data analytics software. The two companies will jointly develop and sell new products.

National Grid expects the UK to reach coal energy ‘ watershed ’ on Friday in what will also be the county’s first 24-hour coal - free period.

The “ watershed ” moment marks the first day Britain ’s electricity system has survived without coal since the world’s first centralised public coal -fired generator opened at Holborn Viaduct in London in 1882. “The Industrial Revolution started with coal and it’s been the absolute backbone of our power

Juliet Davenport, chief executive of renewable electricity supplier Good Energy, said: "Moving away from big power stations burning old-fashioned sources of energy, towards local renewable forms of energy just makes common sense.

"Our energy is becoming cleaner and greener, with wind, solar and other renewables generating more of our electricity than ever before."

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have used the milestone to call for infrastructure to support the changing energy system to prevent disruption as more decentralised, diverse and clean power comes online.

Chief executive James Thornton said: "Today is testament to clean energy's expanding role in the market and another reminder that we should not be fixating on natural gas as a stop-gap.

"The Government has signalled unequivocally that we are moving on from our toxic relationship with coal. But we will see the end of UK coal before the 2025 deadline and the Government must pave the way for the transformation."

He said coal would be pushed out of the market by a strong price on carbon pollution and a surge in clean technology, with companies developing efficiency, storage and smart technologies to regulate energy demand.

"Coal may have powered the Industrial Revolution but today's energy leaders are the low-carbon innovators. Clean energy visionaries will win the race," he added.

National Grid said West Burton 1 coal fired power station, Nottinghamshire, was switched off the network at 10.50pm on Thursday night, reducing coal-fired electricity supplies to zero.

Cordi O'Hara, director of system operator, said: "To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution will be a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing.

"The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.

"However, it's important to remember coal is still an important source of energy as we transition to a low carbon system."

Great Britain beat Japan to win first gold in 24 years .
Great Britain secured promotion for the first time in 24 years as they beat Japan 4-0 in the gold medal game at Belfast's SSE Arena.Great Britain secured promotion for the first time in 24 years as they beat Japan 4-0 in the gold medal game at Belfast's SSE Arena.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!