Nuclear outages prevent Britain from witnessing ‘landmark’ quarter for renewables

Outages at two nuclear power plants in Great Britain prevented the country from experiencing a “landmark” quarter for renewables, energy analysis firm EnAppSys has said.

Analysis conducted by EnAppSys found that throughout Q3, found that renewables output reached 24.4TWh, just shy of topping the 25.1TWh of power generated from fossil fuel plant in the three-month period ended September.

EnAppSys has however concluded that were it not for prolonged outages at nuclear facilities in the country, which resulted in a heightened demand for alternative power generation, renewables could well have topped it.

This has been aided by a “steady stream” of new offshore wind farms coming on line, EnAppSys said, which saw renewables output climb 13% year-on-year and 5% sequentially, bucking the trend for renewable power to slide in Q3 due to lower wind speeds.

Nuclear output however fell some 20% year-on-year to 12.8TWh, prompting a run on gas-fired generation to meet demand.