UK Electricity Generation

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of UK electricity-generating capacity can use more than one fuel type.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

At the end of December 2005, out of a total UK generating plant capacity of 81.7 GW, 4.9 GW or 6 per cent. was accounted for by mixed or dual-fired conventional steam stations. In addition data collected during 2004 showed that 4.6 GW of combined cycle gas turbine capacity (an additional 5.5 per cent. of total generating capacity) had access to distillate as a back-up fuel.

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