Britain has started burning coal to generate electricity for the first time in a month and a half, after the heatwave made solar panels too hot to work efficiently.
One unit at Uniper’s Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power plant in Nottinghamshire started producing electricity for the first time in weeks on Monday morning, while another coal-powered plant was warmed up in case it was needed by the early afternoon.
The National Grid turned to coal to generate electricity as a rush to turn on air conditioning and fans across the country during the heatwave led to a spike in demand.
I am deeply unconvinced that there’s enough air conditioning in the UK to make much difference. The solar panels installed (because of course you can install them to operate efficiently in different temperature ranges) start to fail in moderate summer weather? Sure, I can believe that.