UK forced to resort to coal power plants

in STEMGeeks9 months ago

Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power plant
Image: MaltaGC

Over the last several decades the UK has taken a decisive course towards shutting down "dirty" electric power generation. And that initiative was making impressive headway. Of the 14 coal-fired superplants that the nation once had only three remain in operation today. Or, rather, on standby as a designated emergency resource.

Recently they had o be activated for the first time since being designated as such fallback option. The reason for that was unusually cold weather and worker strikes across Europe that had created a threat of blackouts in the UK. That measure became necessary even though fossil fuels for now amount to a mere 5% of the UK's power generating capacity.

Thus, whatever your stance on the clean energy, one thing is clear: at east at this stage, clean energy can not hold its own as a sole option.


Britain fires up back-up coal plants for first time ever
Chris Price, Szu Ping Chan, et al., The Telegraph, 8 March 2023

List of active coal-fired power stations in the United Kingdom (wiki)


Follow the link below to see related publications and support this publication


In the event of energy crisis such as the one we have experienced since 2022, we learnt that alternative energy resources are needed.

Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
Week 146 of my contest just can now check the winners of the previous week!

@borepstein, @pixresteemer(6/10) sent you LUV. | tools | discord | community | HiveWiki | <>< daily

Made with by crrdlx