Scotland has stopped generating electricity from coal for the first time in more than 100 years, as its Longannet power station, north of the capital Edinburgh, switched off the last of its four generating units Thursday afternoon.
Its owner, Scottish Power, said the high cost of connecting to the grid was to blame.
The power station used more than 177 million tonnes of coal was used along with 2.7 million tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 2.4 million cubic metres of natural gas during its 46 years of production.
More than 60 billion cubic metres of cooling water from the Firth of Forth have also passed through the power station.
It was the largest power station in Europe when it went online in 1970, capable of producing 2,400 megawatt of electricity for the national grid and powering over two million homes each year.
UK’s coal-fired plants have been shutting ahead of a 2023 deadline for compliance with new EU rules on air quality.
The Scottish government has outlined ambitious plans to meet 100% of its electricity needs from renewable supplies only by 2020.
The Scottish energy strategy refuses to consider new nuclear energy, putting it at odds with the wider U.K. policy mix.