The Coronavirus pandemic is rapidly altering the way we work, travel, and consume energy.
Last month, Great Britain broke its record for the longest period of electricity generation without coal. This occurred due to a reduction in workforce, meaning less generation fleet and a decreased demand.
Great Britain has instead seen a dramatic increase in solar power consumption since the outbreak of COVID-19, alongside a rise in other forms of renewable energy, witnessing one week in April where over 11% of the UK’s electricity demand was delivered by solar power.
This news emerges as a letter from over 200 British firms urges the Government to align Britain’s economic recovery with environmental developments. Firms such as BP, Shell, Heathrow Airport, CEMEX and National Grid have signed the letter calling for a ‘green coronavirus recovery plan’ to help to achieve the country’s net zero goal by 2050.