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Fossil Fuels Still Dominate UK Electricity

February 10, 2017

By Paul Homewood


From the “News you won’t see on the BBC” department.


According to the BM Report data, coal power contributed 16% to the UK’s electricity generation last month, compared to just 9% from wind.




CCGT supplied the bulk, with 45%. Altogether, the conventional sources of coal, gas and nuclear still continue to provide the lion’s share, totalling 80%.

Solar power is estimated to have produced about 1%.

Prince Charles says that we should all switch to renewable energy now.

  1. February 10, 2017 5:53 pm

    Solar as much as 1%? In the UK? In January? With the sun setting around 4pm? I find that hard to believe.

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 10, 2017 6:34 pm

      There were some clear days during January’s week-long wind lull. Briefly peaked at 4.53GW!

      Go to:

      Enter username ‘pvlive’ and leave Password field empty.

      Scroll down to “Show” drop-down list. Choose ‘4 weeks’

      Yes, very ‘spiky’, but some generation every day.

      • mikewaite permalink
        February 10, 2017 8:48 pm

        I looked at the site and checked the peak responses for the last 4 weeks .
        The average peak is 2GW. The response curves in the diagram look as if they could be regarded as approximately triangular , so assuming a base of 12 hours /day in winter , then the mean energy supplied / day is approx
        1/2(2 *12) GWh or 12GWH.
        Now average winter power demand is at least 40GW , for 24 hours , ie 960GWH .
        So solar , according to the Sheffield unit (part of the Grantham Institute) is contributing in winter about 1.2 – 1.3% of the nations’s energy requirements.
        One might think that a modest reduction in use by the domestic and office/ factory user (better insulation , energy efficient lighting , etc) would make the need for solar redundant .
        I therefore conclude that the contribution from solar (in winter at least) is so small that I must have made a mistake in calculation

  2. 1saveenergy permalink
    February 10, 2017 6:04 pm

    So Charley Chump should lead the way –
    start by taking Highgrove off grid, erect wind turbines & solar panels at Highgrove, only use electric cars charged from his own power supply, use horses not tractors (then he can produce horse shit as well as bullshit, dry it & burn it to keep warm).

    • AlecM permalink
      February 10, 2017 6:09 pm

      Jug Ears the peasant.

      Got a nice ring to it.

      He can also hitch Camilla to a (small) plough.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      February 11, 2017 11:25 am

      Yes, a clown in a thin disguise. I would not believe a word he says. And they said George the Third was mad, they should see this clown. Mind you, when we suffer guess who will not!

  3. February 10, 2017 6:47 pm

    ‘Prince Charles says that we should all switch to renewable energy now.’

    You first chum.

  4. John Peter permalink
    February 10, 2017 7:15 pm

    Depressing that the capacity auctions cannot generate replacements for CCGT production as plants get old and inefficient. I wonder how much energy is produced by diesel generators. They are great as the don’t produce EU recognized CO2. Never mind the unburned hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM).

  5. February 10, 2017 7:46 pm

    I find it hard to believe that PS made a positive contribution. I thought PS was a net user of electricity, ie the pumping consumed more electricity than the generation delivered.

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 10, 2017 8:45 pm

      Hi Philip

      PS has round trip efficiency of ~75% …..

      …… but the presumption is, it’s “free” (i.e. otherwise wasted) power used to push the water uphill. Originally night-time nuclear surplus, nowadays supplemented by excess wind.

  6. keith holland permalink
    February 10, 2017 7:47 pm

    So what are they going to do about these diesel generators when they start penalising diesel cars in car parking!!! Double standards and hypocrisy me thinks.

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