Coal Power Exceeds Wind/Solar As High Pressure Reigns

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

We’ve just has five days of high pressure over the UK. It has not been unusually cold, nor has there been any snow over lowland areas as far as I know. Indeed, temperatures have been close to normal in the last week.

What you might call a typical spell of quiet, dry weather for this time of year.

As a result wind power has been running at below average levels:

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https://www.bmreports.com/bmrs/?q=eds/main

Onshore and offshore wind combined have averaged 2051 MW over the period, meaning they have been operating at about 10% of capacity. Average demand has been 37.5 GW, so wind power has contributed just 5% of the total.

It has by no means been a windless period, and some days have been quite breezy. In fact, wind output has varied between 801 MW and 4253 MW.

Solar power is virtually irrelevant at this time of year…

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