Coal power continues to dominate in UK at expense of gas

Official figures from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change shows that coal-fired power dominated the country’s energy mix in 2012.

The trend was at the expense of gas-fired power , and this looks set to continue into 2013 as the rising cost of gas prices erode the profits of combined cycle gas turbine use.
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DECC’s figures showed that gas burn had fallen 40.9 per cent to 22.83 TWh by the third quarter of 2012, paving the way for ever higher year-on-year coal burn.

Platts reports that coal fired power rose by 49.9 per cent from the same quarter the previous year to 28.66 TWh in Q3, on the back of favorable clean dark spreads -- the difference between the price of power and the cost of coal and carbon.

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