Also worth a short note today to make quick record of a period in the UK when a unit or two from a coal-fired generator’s been called on to run during a period when supply would not otherwise meet demand.
Early this morning (UTC+10) the National Grid Electricity System Operator posted this update:
That followed these earlier notes about warming 4 of the 5 coal units they have retained for winter contingency events like these (e.g. cold with wind lulls):
I also saw this news update from Bloomberg about ‘UK Grid uses back-up coal for first time as cold snap hits’:
Nothing further, at this point.
PS1 article in BBC
There’s more context provided in the article ‘Emergency coal power plants used for first time as UK sees cold snap’ on the BBC.
PS2 more thoughts at Watt Logic
On a similarly titled (but no relation!) energy market commentary site the article ‘A late cold snap delivers an EMN and the tightest day of the winter so far’ was published on 9th March 2023.
On LinkedIn here, Kathryn Porter comments that:
‘We also saw the first use of the coal contingency with both units at West Burton A running. This has gained all the attention (*), but I think the price responses are more interesting and am curious to know why they were so limited…if anyone has thoughts on this, please do share them.’
Yes, we’re guilty as charged (*)