The UK government has a strong commitment to sustainable energy sources. Solar and wind are each prone to unpredictable drops in output, such as when the wind suddenly falls or clouds cover the sun. When this happens, the grid needs replacement energy to plug the gaps and keep the lights on.
Our first gas-powered balancing plant was built in just three months in 2015. With new software and new engineering, it was the blueprint for the next generation of balancing plant operated by us. We have built over £150 million worth of new gas plants across the UK. These natural gas plants can start and be online in 30 seconds, which is unique in the global market.
Since the Paris climate conference, the world is set on a carbon-reduction path by whatever viable means. The constant watchword, however, has to be reliability. Public confidence and business performance both rely on consistency of supply.