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Hitting the gas

gas power plant

In this episode of the Powered On Podcast, we delve deep into the heart of the UK’s current energy conundrum, focusing on the recent Government declaration that gas power plants will continue to play a critical role in the nation’s electricity generation for the foreseeable future.

With the UK committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the decision to build new gas power stations—as replacements for aging ones—has sparked a widespread debate on how to balance immediate energy security needs with long-term environmental goals.

Join us as we explore the nuances of the UK’s reliance on gas amidst a push for renewable energy sources. We discuss the government’s admission, highlighted by Rishi Sunak in The Daily Telegraph, that renewable energy alone cannot yet ensure a steady electricity supply, especially on “cloudy, windless days.” This acknowledgment comes despite a vigorous push towards nuclear power by the UK Government in recent months.

With 32% of the UK’s total power generation still coming from gas in 2023, and the oldest of the current 32 gas power stations dating back to the early 1990s, we examine the strategic importance of gas in the transition to net zero.

This episode also addresses the broader implications of continued gas use, from the environmental impact of carbon emissions to the challenges of ensuring energy security without exacerbating the climate crisis.

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