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Reliability hampered by fuel prices

Electricity pylons near Tranent, East Lothian

Operators of oil-fired power stations can control their electrical output by choosing how much fuel to burn. As long as a secure supply of fuel is available, 80% of the UK's oil-fired generating capacity can be assumed to be available to meet peak demand for electricity. However, at current prices it is simply not cost-effective for an oil-fired power station to maintain a consistent output.

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