• 5 minutes Trump vs. MbS
  • 9 minutes Saudis Threaten Retaliation If Sanctions are Imposed
  • 15 minutes Can the World Survive without Saudi Oil?
  • 28 mins WTI @ $75.75, headed for $64 - 67
  • 3 hours The Dirt on Clean Electric Cars
  • 41 mins Petrol versus EV
  • 17 mins EU to Splash Billions on Battery Factories
  • 7 hours These are the world’s most competitive economies: US No. 1
  • 7 hours The end of "King Coal" in the Wales
  • 17 hours Saudi-Kuwaiti Talks on Shared Oil Stall Over Chevron
  • 15 hours Closing the circle around Saudi Arabia: Where did Khashoggi disappear?
  • 1 day Uber IPO Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion
  • 6 hours E-mopeds
  • 16 hours Coal remains a major source of power in Europe.
  • 6 hours 10 Incredible Facts about U.S. LNG
  • 24 hours Poland signs 20-year deal on U.S. LNG supplies
The Implications Of A Fractured U.S., Saudi Alliance

The Implications Of A Fractured U.S., Saudi Alliance

With tensions between the United…

5 Companies To Watch In The Next Commodity Boom

5 Companies To Watch In The Next Commodity Boom

Rare element metals have become…

Christmas Day And UK Energy Policy Failure

On Christmas Day, children began opening their presents at around 05:00 am in the UK. As the excitement gathered pace, the country’s coal power stations were fired up providing 38% of all the electricity consumed. Nuclear hummed along all day providing a steady 8 GW and 26% of the total. Clean burning natural gas was demoted to third place providing just 14% of the total whilst providing a significant share of the load balancing service. Coal, nuclear and natural gas combined provided 78% of UK electricity on Christmas Day.

UK Grid Christmas Day 2014

Figure 1 UK generation sources, Christmas Day 2014. Data from BM reports via Gridwatch.

Related: How Broken Are The Energy Markets?

The day began quite windy providing about 4.5 GW at the watch night hour but the wind declined steadily as the day progressed to a measly 0.7 GW come bed time as the country enjoyed clear, calm frosty weather. It was a beautiful day here in Aberdeen. Wind provided 8% of the day’s total matched by imports that ran at a steady 2.3 GW for most of the day.

UK electricity generation share

Figure 2 UK electricity generation share, Christmas Day 2014.

Related: Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

I was surprised to see coal so dominant in the market and I am unsure if these numbers reflect pure market forces or whether there may be a gas conservation strategy in play. The imports would undoubtedly be cheap with European industry closed down for the holidays and surplus French nuclear power in abundance. With little wind and an abundance of coal on the UK grid, Christmas Day 2014 can be held up as a shining example of failed UK energy policy.

By Euan Mearns

Source- http://euanmearns.com/ 

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:


x

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News