Renewables all but close the gap with fossil fuel power generation

Only prolonged outages at two nuclear plants prevented renewables generating more power than fossil fuels in the three months to the end of September, in what was very nearly a landmark quarter for Britain’s power generation sector.

The latest report by Teesside-based energy market analyst EnAppSys says that power outages at Dungeness B and Hunterston nuclear plants prompted increased levels of generation from gas, which prevented renewables from taking the dominant share of power generation over the three-month period for the first time.

During the July-September period, renewables output reached 24.4TWh, closing the gap on fossil fuels at 25.1TWh which included 0.4TWh from coal-fired stations.