UK Wind Turbines Generate Record Power as Gas-Fed Plants Halt

November 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Wind power in the U.K. rose to a
record, leading operators from RWE AG to SSE Plc (SSE) to halt gas-fired power generation plants.

Wind output rose to as much as 6,010 megawatts at 11:30
a.m. London time today, beating a previous record on Sept. 15
and accounting for 14 percent of total supply, according to
National Grid Plc data on Bloomberg. Generators halted 7,872
megawatts of gas-fired plants since yesterday, grid data show.

The U.K. plans to almost triple the amount of wind capacity
by 2020 as it seeks to meet a target to get 15 percent of power
demand from renewable energy sources. Wind and solar have no
fuel costs, generally making them cheaper than coal or gas.

“As well as the higher wind power, demand is down by about
2 gigawatts from yesterday as well so it has given the chance
for less efficient gas-burn facilities to drop output,” Gary Hornby, energy markets analyst at Inenco Group Ltd., said by e-mail today.

Wind may generate an average of 5,517 megawatts for the
rest of today, 7 percent more than yesterday, according to
Bloomberg’s wind model at 11:15 a.m.

Power demand is forecast to peak at 50,602 megawatts at 5
p.m. today, 4 percent less than yesterday’s maximum of 52,815
megawatts, according to National Grid data. Gas was generating
11,182 megawatts of power at 12:05 p.m., compared with 19,237
megawatts at the same time yesterday, grid data show.

Low Pressure

“Wind will peak today, before slumping considerably
overnight,” Byron Drew, lead forecaster at MetraWeather said in
an e-mailed report. “It will then increase considerably toward
the end of next week and next weekend as low pressure becomes
influential.”

Wind generation is forecast to average 2,434 megawatts next
week and is set to peak at 6,057 megawatts at midnight on Dec.
7, according to Bloomberg’s wind model. The U.K. got 8.2 percent
or 1,952 gigawatt-hours of its power from wind in October, up
from 5.8 percent the previous month, according to data compiled
by Bloomberg Industries.

Power for today settled at 52.55 pounds a megawatt-hour,
down 5 pounds from the previous day, in an auction on the U.K.’s
N2EX exchange yesterday.

The U.K. seeks to install a total of 18 gigawatts of
offshore wind farms and 13 gigawatts of onshore turbines by
2020. Current combined capacity is about 10.4 gigawatts,
according to RenewableUK, a lobby group.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Rachel Morison in London at
rmorison@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
Lars Paulsson at
lpaulsson@bloomberg.net

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