RWE Generation has a strong position in the UK energy market with an overall installed capacity of 8.54GW. It operates and owns gas power plants some coal and a small amount of biomass plants. RWE Generation UK currently owns and operates one of the most modern and efficient gas fleets in Europe.
The current UK total electricity consumption is around 340TWh, with a peak demand on the high voltage transmission system of around 53GW. It is predicted that even with energy efficiency measures in place, over the next 10 years total electricity consumption will be similar to 2016 levels.
Over the next 10 years it is likely that more power stations will close due to the age of plant or economics of operations. The UK government has also launched a consultation on the future of coal with clear signs that there will be a phase out of coal fired generation by 2025.
Around 25 GW of gas plants will close or need to be upgraded or come to the end of their life by 2030.
This future energy vision will not come cheap and it is estimated that more than £200 billion of investment is needed in UK generation and infrastructure in next 15-20 years.