Fact checker: The UK’s coal-free fortnight

The UK’s coal-fired power stations did not operate for 18 days last June but does that mean the country avoided relying on the fossil fuel completely?

The claim: The UK’s electricity supply was not really coal-free for more than a fortnight last year, due to imports

The reality: The truth depends on perspective. Although the UK’s coal-fired power stations did not operate for 18 days, some Dutch coal-derived power was supplied to the UK

“We saw an 18-day run of coal-free days – something we haven’t seen since the dawning of the first industrial revolution,” said former minister Chris Skidmore last June.

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