Some Wind & Solar ‘Transition’: Britain’s Coal-Fired Plants Only Thing Preventing Total Blackouts

Depend on the weather for your power needs, then get ready for plenty of routine disappointment.

Time and time again, Britain’s coal-fired power plants are called in to prevent total blackouts during calm and cloudy weather, of the kind that causes total collapses in wind and solar output. Notwithstanding efforts to drive them out of existence with massive subsidies to – and guaranteed set price contracts for – wind and solar.

Every winter, it’s the same story. A burst of frigid, calm weather sees demand spike which coincides with a total collapse in wind and solar output; grid managers scramble to keep the grid from a total collapse, ordering Britain’s remaining coal-fired power plants back into action.

Peter Caddle reports on another such event.

UK Forced to Use Emergency Coal Generators as Green Energy Fails to Keep Up
Peter Caddle
9 March 2023

Britain’s crusade for net zero saw another major failure on Tuesday, with the country having to resort to using its emergency coal-fired power plants as renewables were unable to keep up with demand.

The country has been focused on moving away from burning fossil fuels and towards green energy sources in recent years, with the last twelve months in particular seeing the country struggle to keep the lights on at times due to the green agenda of its Conservative Party government.

However, with it becoming clear that Britain’s new sources of power cannot keep up with the old, the country has kept some coal-burning power plants — those few it has not short-sightedly demolished — operational and in reserve, ready to start supplying power to the energy grid should the more eco-friendly sources start to fail.

According to the BBC, such a last resort had to finally be deployed on Tuesday, with two of the plants providing Britons with energy once again after green energy facilities failed to perform.

A total of five separate coal-fired power stations were put on standby yesterday, with two needing to be used in order to keep the energy grid stable.

The use of the power plants represents a new low for the Conservative Party’s green energy agenda, a project that has cost everyday Britons a substantial amount of money and the country much of its energy security over the last 12 months.

Despite receiving near unanimous support from the senior Tories sitting in government, renewables in Britain have proven unable to take over from fossil fuel-burning methods of energy generation.

This has resulted in the United Kingdom having to develop fossil-fuel-based failsafes for the British energy grid, keeping coal power plants on standby in order to ensure a minimum supply of power throughout the country.

Even this has, at times, not been enough, with Britain also now having a system of voluntary power rationing in place, where poorer energy customers are paid not to use electricity at certain peak-usage times during the day.

Dreamt up in 2022, the rationing system saw its first real deployment in January this year, with some energy customers paid to minimise electricity use between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. in order to help avert a possible collapse of the energy grid.


Coal-fired plants keep saving the day.

2 thoughts on “Some Wind & Solar ‘Transition’: Britain’s Coal-Fired Plants Only Thing Preventing Total Blackouts

  1. And this of course includes the inability of even offshore turbines to produce sufficient input into the energy grid. What next – where will they decide to put them now???

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