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Electricity Generation

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020. (325617)

Under central modelling assumptions, it is estimated we will need about 43 gigawatts (GW) net of new electricity generation capacity by 2020.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020. (325618)

In addition to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan) earlier today, taking into account planned closures of existing power plants and other factors such as the renewables targets, modelling suggests we might need around 100 GW of total capacity in 2020. In a typical year now peak consumption will be around 60 GW and total available supply around 80 GW.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the additional electricity generating capacity required by 2020. (325626)

Under central modelling assumptions, it is estimated we will need about 43 gigawatts (GW) net of new electricity generation capacity by 2020.