Coal And Gas Working Flat Out To Keep UK Grid Going On Coldest Night Of Year

It’s not a laughing matter of course, older people, poorer people and those with breathing issues are going to struggle severely in this cold. If I was in charge I would make sure anyone in the Green Party and other renewables supporters would be the first to be turned off, giving the rest of us a fighting chance.


By Paul Homewood


It’s probably going to be the coldest night of the year, and the grid is working nearly flat out.

At 18.30, coal is providing 9.88 GW and is running at full capacity. CCGT is providing nearly half of our power, and is again at nearly full capacity.

There are apparently outages at Sizewell, Heysham and Hartlepool nuclear plants, leaving a shortfall for nuclear.

Altogether, coal, gas and nuclear are providing 80% of the UK’s power.

So much for renewable energy!

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