The UK has fired up an old coal power plant to meet its electricity needs. Warm, still autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas. As a result, National Grid ESO – which is responsible for balancing the UK’s electricity supply – confirmed coal was providing 3% of national power. It said it asked EDF to fire up West Burton A, which had been on standby. A National Grid ESO spokesman said there had been a three-day coal-free run in mid-August. However, the country had relied on some coal power every day since then. Last year, coal contributed 1.6% of the country’s electricity mix. That was down from 25% five years ago.
BBC 6th Sept 2021 read more »
Two coal facilities taken off standby as the amount of electricity coming from wind farms falls dramatically.
Telegraph 6th Sept 2021 read more »
Two coal-fired generators had to be fired up yesterday to meet Britain’s electricity demands, in a move that usually happens only in winter. Coal power still accounted for only a fraction — less than 4 per cent — of the electricity being generated, but this was higher than the usual level of between 1 per cent and 3 per cent and overtook wind power for a brief spell owing to low winds and high demand for energy. The National Grid asked the EDF energy firm to start its two coal units at West Burton A power station in Nottinghamshire. The company usually expects to use those units only between November and March. They are generally kept on standby to help during periods of high demand or when supply from other sources fluctuates.
Times 7th Sept 2021 read more »
The cacophony around Cambo could throw a “huge spanner” into the works with regards to investment appetite in the North Sea, an industry expert has said. Mike Beveridge, vice chairman at investment bank Piper Sandler, says the debate currently raging in the UK about the proposed field has threatened the region’s reputation as a “stable basin”.
Energy Voice 7th Sept 2021 read more »
Governments around the world gave 20% more in overseas aid funding to fossil fuel projects in 2019 and 2020 than to programmes to cut the air pollution they cause. Dirty air is the world’s biggest environmental killer, responsible for at least 4m early deaths a year. But just 1% of global development aid is used to tackle this crisis, according to an analysis from the Clean Air Fund (CAF).
Guardian 7th Sept 2021 read more »