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On the Way to “Net Zero” Emissions, the Brits Turn Back to Coal

In its mad dash to meet a “net zero” carbon emissions mandate by 2050, Britain now already gets 31 percent of its electricity generation from wind and solar.

But Solar, of course, is not a reliable or scalable source of energy, so we weren’t unsurprised to learn from the Daily Telegraph that: “Britain has started burning coal to generate electricity after the heatwave made solar panels too hot to work efficiently….High temperatures over the weekend also reduced the amount of energy generated from solar panels. ….Supply was also lower because of depressed wind speeds, which hit turbine output.”

Regulators now say Britain’s electric grid may have to permanently reward customers for using less energy at peak times in order to reduce its new dependence on coal.

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