Policy & Regulation

UK sees sudden rise in coal-fired power output

High gas prices have boosted coal-fired power output in the UK despite the cost of EU carbon allowances High gas prices have boosted coal-fired power output in the UK despite the cost of EU carbon allowances.
By Andreas Walstad 19 September 2018 0 32596
UK wholesale gas prices

A surge in European gas prices boosted coal-fired power generation in the UK in August and September despite high prices for EU carbon allowances (EUA). 

Coal-fired power generation in the UK

A report by Iain Staffell of Imperial College London released this week noted that the UK could see its first year-on-year rise in carbon dioxide emissions for six years if coal-fired generation remains cheaper than gas. 

Prices for EU allowances

The price of...