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National Grid has revealed that 2017 was an exceptional year for renewable electricity production in Britain with 13 renewable energy records broken and 2018 set to be even greener. 

The figures were compiled by National Grid and WWF who have been working together on forecasting the carbon intensity of electricity. 

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Some highlights included the first day when wind, nuclear and solar generated more power than gas and coal. Not to mention in April, Britain achieved the first day without goal generated energy since the industrial revolution. 

Head of Energy and Climate Change at WWF, Gareth Redmond-King said: 

“2017 has been an amazing year for renewable electricity in Britain; we have never been cleaner or greener - and we are on course for an even better year in 2018. Climate change is wreaking havoc on our nature and wildlife, but we are at last facing up to the challenge, turning our backs on polluting fossil fuels and embracing a new clean future. But we need to show more ambition by bringing forward the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars to 2030.”

The green energy records broken in 2017 are as follows: 

First 24-hour period without coal generated power since the industrial revolution.
Lowest amount of carbon produced by electricity production at any one moment (73 gCO2/kWh).
Longest period without coal generation (40 hours 35 minutes).
"Greenest summer" - more than half (52%) of energy generated from low carbon sources.
Largest amount of energy produced from renewables at any one moment (19.2 GW).
First time wind, nuclear, and solar produced more than gas and coal.
Highest percentage of solar produced relative to national demand (26.8%).
More electricity generated from solar energy than ever before at a single moment (8.9 GW), producing a quarter of Britain's energy supply.
Most electricity produced from all wind generation at any moment (12.4 GW).
Most wind power ever produced in a single day (285GWh).
Most electricity produced from hydropower at any one moment (4 GW).
Most offshore wind power produced in a single moment (4.3 GW).
Record low strike price at the second Contracts for Difference subsidy auction of £57.50/MWh, well below Government guarantee for Hinkley C.

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