Auction confirms fossil fuel capacity market dominance

Fossil fuel plants have dominated DECC’s first capacity market auction, largely edging out sustainable energy options and new capacity

Figure: Capacity market for energyAgeing fossil fuel generation has dominated the mix of contracts awarded under DECC’s first capacity market auction.

The final results of the auction, which was held on 18 December, revealed that a high proportion of sustainable energy options had been outbid.1,2 

The National Grid contracts, confirmed as totalling 49.3 gigawatts capacity on 5 January, are to ensure adequate backup power delivery from 2018/19 to avoid the growing risk of blackouts on the grid. But they largely reflect much-criticised results from the pre-qualification round in October 2014 (endsreport.com/45922), where fossil fuels also dominated. 

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