Latest report – Q2 2020

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Electricity under lockdown: cheaper, cleaner, but harder to control.

Solar eclipses coal

May saw Britain’s solar panels produce more than ever, while every coal power station spent the whole month sitting idle.

How to count carbon emissions

Reduced demand, boosted renewables, and the near-total abandonment of coal pushed last quarter’s carbon emissions from electricity generation below 10 million tonnes.

The cost of staying in control

The cost of keeping Britain’s power system stable has soared, and now adds 20% onto the cost of generating electricity.

Power system records

Britain’s solar farms and biomass power stations had a record-breaking quarter.

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