Gas and coal are winners in UK capacity auction

Fossil fuels could provide as much as two-thirds of the UK’s power next winter during periods when renewables fall short, if the provisional results of a UK capacity auction concluded earlier this month are confirmed Fossil fuels could provide as much as two-thirds of the UK’s power next winter during periods when renewables fall short, if the provisional results of a UK capacity auction concluded earlier this month are confirmed.
By Peter Stewart 8 February 2017 0 24375
The Brigg gas-fired power station. Gas took the biggest share in the UK's recent capacity auction. (Centrica)

The UK’s latest capacity auction, which ended on 3 February, awarded capacity agreements for winter 2017-2018 amounting to 54.4 GW, according to provisional auction results from National Grid. The auction results are due to be confirmed by 11 February.

Gas retained the biggest share of the early capacity auction, accounting for 40.5% of the total awarded, with 22.1 GW. Coal and biomass came in second place, at 10.5 GW, representing 19.3% of the total.

The capacity auctions are operated by the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, which...

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