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Or to put it a bit differently: Europe in general and Britain in particular has been heavily under-investing in baseload for a generation and a half. This has allowed gas to creep into the baseload portfolio, where it has no business being under any sane grid planning regime.

Now new baseload is coming online, in the form of wind and solar, and this is in some measure making up for the underprovision of baseload. This, of course, displaces gas, because gas is a generating mode that has no business being run as baseload in the first place. That this leaves in place those legacy modes that are optimized for baseload production, such as lignite, is not a bug. It's a feature.

If you don't like that feature, make a political decision to close the lignite-burners - they will be easily replaced with gas in the short term and renewables as they come online.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Jun 14th, 2013 at 03:01:05 PM EST
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