Electricity #UK


Generation of wind electricity is very intermittent due to weather fluctuations. It is obvious to everyone that wind speed is very variable, but what is less obvious is the fact that these variations are coherent over whole countries such that the total country-wide wind power output can fall to very low values.

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Most European countries are included in study. Statistics on population and GDP. Comparison of generation; consumption and imports/exports.

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The largest component of generation is fossil fuel at 48%. Data on fuel mix and demand variations.

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The lows in wind power generation are generally compensated by increased fossil fuel generation. Some countries use imports and exports to compensation for wind lows and highs.

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In the UK, the Low Carbon Contracts Company manages Contracts for Difference which provides subsidies for certain electricity suppliers. The subsidies at present are mainly to Biomass and Offshore Wind generation companies. For the future the subsidies are extended to nuclear power generation.

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