The Guardian | British coal plants fired up to meet temporary electricity shortfall

Britain has fired up some of its last remaining coal power plants to help keep the lights on. This was as the country’s wind turbines slowed over a few days and the demand for electricity rises.

The electricity system operator said that the UK still had enough electricity to meet demand. However, the cushion of extra power supplies was lower than usual “owing to a number of factors”. This included “varying renewable generation levels and colder temperatures”.

The supply squeeze had caused market prices for electricity generated in the early evening, when electricity demand typically spikes, to climb to over £313 per megawatt hours (MWh).

Renewable electricity is in relatively short supply in western Europe too, meaning the UK would need to keep running its coal plants while exporting power to France and to the Netherlands via cable interconnectors.

Tom Edwards, Senior Modelling Consultant

The Guardian