May is the greenest month ever for the UK

The month of May has become the 'greenest month ever' in the UK as the first full calendar month of electricity generation without coal since the industrial revolution.

The lowest point of carbon intensity was reached on 24th May at 46gCO2/kWh, the figures recorded by the National Grid ESO. They also reported an average of 28% of electricity generation was from renewable sources, with wind energy accounting for 15.8%, solar power 11.4%, biomass 8.7% and gas 30%.

It is clear the weather and lower demand due to lockdown have led to this record breaking success. Can this encouraging achievement be the catalyst in consistently driving emissions down?

 

Sources:

 

https://www.energylivenews.com/2020/06/02/may-becomes-the-greenest-month-ever-in-the-uk/

 

https://www.nationalgrideso.com/balancing-data/gb-electricity-system-operator-daily-reports