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Fossil Fuels Supplying 72% Of Electricity Tonight

January 23, 2017

By Paul Homewood


According to Prince Charles, we now get more electricity from solar power than we do coal.


Unfortunately the sun is not shining tonight, and there has not been much wind either today.

The result is that coal power is currently providing 10589MW, out of a total demand of 50040MW.

In total, fossil fuels are now generating 36085MW, or 72% of total generation.




Perhaps the Clown Prince might deign to tell us what we are all supposed to do when we have nothing left but renewable energy?

  1. Joe Public permalink
    January 23, 2017 7:16 pm


    This past *entire* week, our fleet of 7,130 turbines rated at 14.5 GW has averaged less than 1.5GW, according to Winderful/Pitiful/Woeful:

    In fact, the lull has been so prolonged a good many of that 7,000 will at various times, have been drawing power FROM the grid, to prevent bearing brinelling.

    • John Palmer permalink
      January 23, 2017 7:27 pm

      What a wonderful, green-and-nice little website. They thought ‘it would be nice’ to show the contribution to the Nation’s energy needs made by wind. Apparently the 3% figure currently being generated will power 13% of UK homes. I hope that the other 87% have good supplies of diesel genius, torches and candles.

      • John Palmer permalink
        January 23, 2017 7:29 pm

        I really must kill predictive text software!!! Of course you don’t need to be a ‘genius’ to know that I input gennies 🙂

    • Adrian permalink
      January 23, 2017 9:47 pm

      Yeah but this just short term, once we get rid of these carbon monsters there’ll be no fecking electricity. And we can all sit in the dark and cold and wonder who it is who keeps voting for these morons.

  2. January 23, 2017 7:20 pm

    “Perhaps the Clown Prince might deign to tell us what we are all supposed to do when we have nothing left but renewable energy?”

    Eat cake.

    • January 23, 2017 11:57 pm

      strike up a conversation with the nearest vegetable?

  3. mwhite permalink
    January 23, 2017 7:24 pm

    I wonder how much of that “other” refers to those fields of diesel generators at over a thousand pounds per megawatt hour?

  4. Don B permalink
    January 23, 2017 7:46 pm


    If South Australia gets any more “free electricity,” everyone will go broke.

    Residents of that state not only have the pleasure of paying skyrocketing prices for electricity, they often have no electricity at all.

  5. January 23, 2017 8:36 pm

    We must have been pretty close to the margin earlier this evening.

    • John Palmer permalink
      January 23, 2017 8:59 pm


    • Joe Public permalink
      January 23, 2017 10:27 pm

      Clive Best reports:

      “Between 8am & 10am today UK Spot energy prices reached $400/MWh as wind <1GW so reserve coal stations had to ramp up. Social.cost.Carbon?"

    • Athelstan permalink
      January 23, 2017 11:36 pm

      On the brink, defo Phillip but really, honestly – it ain’t that cold is it and what worries us all is, what happens when mama Gaia decides to get really frosty with us?

  6. January 23, 2017 8:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  7. Athelstan permalink
    January 23, 2017 8:40 pm

    Joe Public,

    This past *entire* week, our fleet of 7,130 turbines rated at 14.5 GW has averaged less than 1.5GW, according to Winderful/Pitiful/Woeful:

    It’s hard to think how this horlicks could get any worse……. of an energy policy the indeed ‘our’ prats representatives in the Westminster chapel of the walking dead sub species: eco nutters.

    So lets have a ball park figure and we know this is also a ‘hidden cost’ – true costs of these fekkers is an unknown known…..

    So 7,130 bird choppers estimated installation ± £20 mill per unit ~ £142, 600,000,000 and ferkin eck, that’s an awful lot to pay for precisely sweet FA electricity.

    • John Palmer permalink
      January 23, 2017 9:07 pm

      A bit harsh there, Athelstan. They’re green, renewable and non-(CO2)-polluting. And btw, it’s just money that the government conjures from nowhere.
      Anyway, just how much energy will all those yurt-settlements need when eco-Nirvana is finally achieved?

      • Athelstan permalink
        January 23, 2017 11:29 pm

        Yes OK John, I count myself severely reprimanded and expect to be on a fizzer, Sir!

    • Joe Public permalink
      January 23, 2017 10:19 pm

      It was entertaining watching our 898,029 solar installations rated at 11.4GW outperform the bird-mincers during last week’s sunny days.

      [Then drop to zero each sunset]

      • Athelstan permalink
        January 23, 2017 11:25 pm

        Blimey incredible stuff but fact, whereas…………………… strike a light guv….. even more incredible…………..I heard that until they got wind of it [sorry]…erm……….. was it Spain or in Italy? That – some companies demanding subsidy payments for night time operation of PV facilities, eh!…… these canny EUropeans……………..midnight sun moves south?

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      January 24, 2017 1:07 am

      ± £20 mill per unit
      More like between 2 and 3
      Did you miss seeing that little dot thingy between numerals?

      • Athelstan permalink
        January 24, 2017 9:28 am

        Oh shock and ooh er, blimey the awful truth dawns, did you not notice the ± and ~, besides whether, these useless efforts cost less or more, your point is?

        I’ll draw an allegory for you, stood with the manager at the top of a hotel and dickering over the price of the Penthouse suite, all the time noticing that, the lower floors are well on fire….

        I’d consider that to be a rather redundant negotiation.

    • January 25, 2017 3:26 pm

      Hard how to think this horlicks could get any worse, @Athelstan? The reason why Lizzie 2 has not stepped down in favour of Chuck is obviously that she and Phil think they have a blithering idiot on their hands. Has Wills ever stated his position on climate? Not that a monarch has any executive power, but Wills might change a few minds where Charlie couldn’t.

  8. BLACK PEARL permalink
    January 23, 2017 9:01 pm

    So is this Lady Bird book now considered Fake News ?

    On another point, have you noticed the TV news that report the N.Ireland resignations.
    Only mention it is due to a renewable energy failure, but dont readily quote the amount £ wasted

  9. Ross King permalink
    January 23, 2017 9:20 pm

    1) If Bonny Prince BigEars got the sort of education to which his unfortunate Mum (bless Her!) was limited — according to the excellent movie — he likely has no idea of anything more than State-craft, which hand to use for breaking his bread-roll and diddly-squat else. This answers the Question: How Qualified are YOU to speak to the issues in which *you* purport to have weighty input? Please prove me wrong in this assertion.
    2) You can bet your bottom dollar that BigEars has a battery of emergency back-up generators at HighBall House (is it?) so that His exalted Life barely registers a flicker as His gen-sets click-in while the hoi polloi freezes in the ensuing black-out.
    3) His grandparents made a point of walk-abouts in the wreckage of Luftwaffe-blitzed London. If my memory serves me correctly, they stood their ground among Londoners. It would be nice to see BigEars standing toe-to-toe with freezing grannies and the indigent hoi-polloi who cannot pay their electricity bills because of the move to the most expensive power possible: Renewables. And until you, BigEars, you Elitist, get off your pedestal and start promoting the interests of your most vulnerable future vassals, I have nothing but scorn.

    • JLB permalink
      January 23, 2017 9:37 pm

      Ross, great comment.
      Pity that ‘He who would be King’ will not take note of the points made by ‘He who is a KING’, nor those of the other commentators on here.

  10. Confused Old Misfit permalink
    January 23, 2017 10:12 pm

    “In total, fossil fuels are now generating 36085MW, or 72% of total generation.” No, this is wrong.

    Fossil fuels are generating 100% of your total generation. For, without fossil fuels, none of the other alternated would exist.

  11. January 24, 2017 12:02 am

    Don’t forget about STOR ….

  12. Neil Hampshire permalink
    January 24, 2017 8:34 am

    Thanks Joe for the Winderful website. Checking back 6 months I was surprised to see wind had supplied as much as 8% of demand.

  13. Denise Bowes permalink
    January 24, 2017 9:11 am

    And it was neaps as well!

  14. Ian permalink
    January 24, 2017 9:58 am

    Just check out this BBC weather report:

    Especially this part:

    The current weather conditions, coupled with an “unusually high amount of domestic wood burning”, has led to the highest pollution alert being issued.

    They just don’t get it.

  15. January 24, 2017 12:20 pm

    What is contemptible about Mr. Wales is not so much his views, though they’re almost always pretty dodgy too, but rather the fact that he grand stands from behind the protection of privilege, from which he can pronounce ex cathedra without ever having to justify his assertions.

  16. January 24, 2017 5:44 pm

    Virtually everyone likes Prince Charles, but he can be, and has been wildly misinformed by the gweenie/luvvie clownshow. He could become leader of the hand-wringing, do-gooder squad, and we’d take even less notice of his silly pronouncements.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      January 27, 2017 3:14 pm

      97% of royalists no doubt like The Clown Prince………. count me out.

  17. david Bains permalink
    January 24, 2017 9:08 pm

    Can we stop calling CO2 a pollutant. We all along with the whole animal kingdom breathe it out, and vegetation breathes it in!! It’s also instructive to ask any eco warrior what the CO2 level actually is. Let’s just say they’re mostly not maths whizzes!

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