By Paul Homewood
Britain’s energy system is getting close to critical status, with the current spell of cold weather.
With demand close to 50GW, coal power is running flat out. There is still about 10GW of CCGT capacity available, but only thanks to wind still providing a similar amount. Unusually for such cold weather, it has been pretty windy this week, particularly with Storm Emma knocking on the door.
These figures would suggest wind power is currently running at about 70% of capacity, but this won’t be maintained with quieter weather forecast from Saturday into next week.
What happens when that coal capacity is finally shut down is anybody’s guess.
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