Britain has been surviving without coal power since Thursday | Metro News As climate change activists continue to dominate the streets of London, some surprising news has emerged about the UK’s current power consumption. At the moment, Great Britain is drawing no power from burning coal. None at all. And it hasn’t since last Thursday. According to tweets from the UK’s national grid the country has been going without coal power for 86 hours straight. The streetlights are still working, the internet is still switched on and the kettles are still boiling. Amazing. The clock is ticking for coal.