Fossil fuels get nod for UK capacity mechanism

A major UK subsidy scheme aimed at securing power supply looks set to be dominated by fossil fuels and nuclear power

A major UK subsidy scheme aimed at securing power supply looks set to be dominated by fossil fuels and nuclear power.

The capacity mechanism is also open to demand reduction pledges by large energy users, and to energy storage projects. But these make up only 1% and 5% respectively of the total capacity that regulators gave the green light to bid for subsidies.

Gas plants account for just over 50% of the 62.5GW that will take part in the first subsidy auction this December, while coal and biomass account for almost 20% and nuclear for 13%, according to figures the National Grid provided to ENDS.

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