Unfavourable weather patterns and a weak economy facilitated more electricity share from gas and oil fired power plants in the SSE portfolio from April to June.

The utility said renewables and coal power plants dropped during the same period due to conditions.
Platts reports total electricity output from gas- and oil-fired power stations rose more than 81% on the year to 4.40 TWh in what is the first quarter of SSE’s fiscal year, SSE said.

Electricity output from renewable sources, including conventional and pumped storage hydro electric schemes, onshore and offshore wind farms and dedicated biomass plant, fell to 1.51 TWh from 2.2 TWh, “reflecting differences in weather between the two periods,” SSE said.

The 588 MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland, is to become fully operational in 2019 and the second multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge power station, with capacity of 70 MW, will also to be fully operational by the end of 2019, increasing a positive outlook for the company.

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