Having closed Longannet power station, Scotland has become the first area of the UK to seriously gamble with its electricity supplies

longannet_720x400With the recent closure of Longannet power station by Scottish Power, Scotland has become the first area of the UK to take a serious gamble with electricity supply

It will take not just good management but a serious amount of good luck for the fossil-fuel funeral wake not to be spoiled by flickering or failure of the lights.

In short, we may be heading into dangerous territory. The UK needs to get a strategy together for building new gas-fired or coal-fired power, fitted with carbon capture and storage technology, before the situation deteriorates any further.

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Meanwhile, power delivered to the UK grid last month (March 2016) was generated by the following sources:

  • Coal: 15.83%
  • Gas power stations: 41.61%
  • Nuclear: 20.30%
  • Wind: 5.94%
  • Hydro: 1.41%
  • Interconnectors: 8.26% net (with 5.57% from France and 2.76% from Holland)

During March the average daily price for power was £34.92/MWh and the spot price for gas was 29.28p/thm.

Source: EnergyUK

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