The bright and breezy weather helped wind and solar power make up about 28% of Britain’s electricity last month, narrowly behind gas-fired power generation, which made up 30% of the energy mix
The UK recorded the "greenest" ever month after having a complete coal free electricity production in May.
The National Grid, the energy system operator, said the country's sunniest spring on record helped generate enough solar power to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded, reports The Guardian.
The bright and breezy weather helped wind and solar power make up about 28% of Britain's electricity last month, narrowly behind gas-fired power generation, which made up 30% of the energy mix.
Meanwhile, the record low demand for electricity during the coronavirus lockdown has left little room for the UK's last remaining coal power plants to play a role.
Since April the UK's electricity system has run without coal-fired power for about 54 consecutive days, which has helped the carbon intensity of the electricity grid fall to the lowest average carbon intensity on record at 143 grams of CO2 per kilowatt-hour.
The lowest carbon intensity ever was recorded at 46g CO2/kWh on Sunday 24 May.
The record was possible, in part, because of the collapse of energy demand in the UK caused by the coronavirus lockdown and two bank holidays in a fortnight. But the chief reason was the unseasonably sunny spring weather, said Roisin Quinn, head of National Grid's control centre.
This spring was the sunniest since records began in 1929, according to the Met Office, and the driest May for 124 years. The Met Office recorded more than 573 hours of sunshine between 1 March and 27 May, beating the previous record of 555.3 hours in 1948.
"Great Britain's incredible coal-free run has continued throughout May, giving us the first full calendar month – 744 straight hours – of electricity generation without coal since the Industrial Revolution," Quinn said