Coal & Gas Keep The Lights On Tonight

By Paul Homewood


It’s cold tonight, and gas and coal power stations are working pretty much flat out. Meanwhile wind is contributing a pitiful 8%, even though winds have been moderate today:



We could double wind capacity, and it would barely make a dent in the mix.

As for running CCGT plants with carbon capture, none of the existing power stations are “CCS Ready”, other than Carrington. This means that you cannot simply bolt on some carbon capture equipment, without major refits first, something that would not be economically viable.

We could, of course, build a whole new fleet of CCGTs, but there is no sign, or indeed planning, that this will happen in the foreseeable future.


January 6, 2021 at 12:36PM

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