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Intermittency of UK wind power generation 2013 and 2014

Derek Partington has analysed the recorded output of UK wind turbines for 2013 and 2014, following his previous analysis of the situation in 2011 and 2012. Despite a signifcant increase in nominal generating capacity, the intrinsic intermittency of wind energy means that no improvement in overall capacity factor or energy security. Here you can find the report and an Appendix with the monthly data.

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Future costs of UK energy supply

The Scientific Alliance recently published part 1 of an examination of National Grid's Future Energy Scenarios, dealing with security of supply. We are now pleased to publish part 2 - cost of supply. The authors - Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson - conclude that building more gas and nuclear stations would be considerably less expensive than any of the NG scenarios, as well as offering better energy security.

What's New

14 October 2016: Read the new report by Dr Capell Aris, published jointly with the Adam Smith Institute - Solar power in Britain: the Impossible Dream