The government has been forced to increase the buying target for the main capacity market auction because several plants missed their delivery deadlines. Energy secretary Amber Rudd said the target recommended by National Grid had failed to take full account of the delays. The government will purchase 52GW of capacity in the four-year-ahead (T-4) auction for the winter of 2020/21, which is scheduled for December. In a letter to National Grid, Rudd noted that three plants – Trafford, Cottam and West Burton – had failed to meet their capacity market milestones for delivery in 2020/21. She said the recommended target had only accounted for delays at two of the plants and not all three and the delay to the third plant would mean the absence of 5GW of capacity rather than just 3.4GW.
Utility Week 8th July 2016 read more »
The UK Government has set out how much electricity capacity it intends to buy in the forthcoming Capacity Market auctions.
Scottish Energy News 11th July 2016 read more »