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UK coal-fired generation hits eight-month low in April at 0.5 TWh

London (Platts)--1 May 2018 818 am EDT/1218 GMT


UK coal-fired generation hit an eight-month low in April, which saw one period of 76 hours with no coal generation during the last week of the month.


  • April coal output down 3.5 TWh month on month
  • Gas output falls due to onset of spring
  • Wind hits new low for 2018

Coal output fell to 0.5 TWh in April, from a two-year high at nearly 4 TWh in March, data from S&P Global Platts Analytics showed. Coal output was last lower in August at 0.47 TWh.

Gas-fired output in April fell 0.3 TWh month on month to nearly 10 TWh. Gas generation is typically lower in April on the back of planned outages in summer, and as the demand falls with the onset of spring -- Met Office data showed temperatures in April were indeed warmer than March.

Wind in-feed edged down to 3.05 TWh in April, the lowest since September when it stood at 2.45 TWh, according to Platts Analytics data.

Wind generation edges down in spring as solar picks up. So far, solar power generation has reached up to 7.3 GW during peak times.

--Shubhlakshmi Shukla, shubhlakshmi.shukla@spglobal.com
--Edited by Dan Lalor, daniel.lalor@spglobal.com

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