Aurora’s Power plant performance summary provides a monthly snapshot of financial and operating performance for individual plants on the GB electricity grid. We collate, clean, and process the data so that it is readily digestible and error-free.
Highlights of the March report include:
Average load factor over all technologies falls to 46% Aberthaw B and Drax are the only coal plants to maintain an average load factor above 20%.
As demand falls there are fewer opportunities for peaking plant.
After January’s high of seven OCGT plants running in 113 distinct half hours, this month only two small OCGTs were in operation for a total of 5 half hours – the lowest running hours seen since July 2015, and well below the 12-month average of 44.
Higher capacity plant such as Taylor’s Lane did not operate at all.
Dungeness B, Hinkley Point B and Heysham 1 all average below 70% load factor this month due to planned and unplanned outages; other nuclear plant remain above 90% load factor.
Aurora’s Company performance report presents a summary of the operational and financial performance of all major participants in the GB wholesale power market. The key statistics include companies’ revenues and profits, outputs, capacities, capture prices and load factors. All the metrics are presented for the entire generating portfolios, their subsets for each technology, as well as for individual assets. The report also presents the evolution of companies’ market shares over time.
Aurora’s System performance report provides a monthly snapshot of key operating characteristics for the GB power system. Which fuels are most used? Which power plants most profitable? How would a change in the price of gas or coal impact the system price through the dispatch?