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UK generates more electricity from zero carbon than fossil fuels

UK generates more electricity from zero carbon than fossil fuels (BBC)

  • For the first time since the Industrial revolution, the UK has generated more of its electricity from zero carbon sources than from coal & gas.
  • 48% of generation ytd (to end May) came from zero carbon, while 47% was from fossil fuels ( the rest was bio mass)
  • Among the fossil fuels, coal fell to 3% of generation, while nuclear made up 18% of the zero carbon.

Analysis and Comments

  • I want to highlight that the shift to variable renewables creates a number of investment opportunities in terms of grid balancing
  • In the UK, this is the responsibility of National Grid. They currently make c. £1bn in grid balancing payments pa.
  • While battery storage will play a role, I also see a potential place for fuel cells.

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