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Coal takes the load

Posted by Richard Monday, February 06, 2012


Yesterday, Autonomous Mind reported wind at 570MW or 1.3 percent of total generation. At the time of writing, however, it is even better, at 51MW, representing a magnificent 0.1 percent of the total, reported at 52.2GW (see above - source, BM Reports).

Coal, incidentally, is running at 23.8GW, representing 45.5 percent of total generation, as against gas at 19.1GW, or 36.5 percent of generation. It is usually the case that, in cold spells, coal-fired station take a thrashing. Without that capacity, we would be surely running out of electricity. And one thing for sure, wind would not be picking up the load - and nor indeed would the Kermits be any help. We're not getting anything off the interconnectors at the moment.

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