There was a comment on Old Holborn today, perhaps, where a correspondent remarked that Germany “owned” our generating capacity. Sadly, I didn’t make a note of the reference and can’t find it now.
So, does Germany own our generating capacity? Have a look at the table:
The answer is: not exactly.
Power stations wholly-owned by Germany (FRG) have the biggest output (20,510 MW), followed by those belonging to France (19,259 MW) and then the UK (18,263 MW). However, by splitting hairs, and without any knowledge of the proportional share ownership, if we add in the capacity of jointly-owned UK/foreign capacity, the UK probably has its nose in front.
But is that cause for celebration. Not really. The devil is in the detail. The really big power stations are almost all foreign-owned, nuclear, coal and gas. The smaller ones, and the innovative ones like wind, biomass, are mostly UK-owned. So that’s OK, in 300 years we will be leading he world ….. or maybe not.
Upcoming: who owned what type of power station