I was invited to a private tour of the power station at Marchwood this week.
The facility has a new General Manager, Steve Pace, who I was quite keen to meet.
I always had a very good working relationship with the former Manager, Richard Holman, who is enjoying a well-earned retirement.
I learned about the upgrades that have been undertaken since I last visited, about ten years ago.
The gas-fuelled facility is thought to be one of the most efficient generators of electricity of its type in the country and it is very clean.
The Power Station is sometimes on standby, ready to supply power to the National grid when demanded.
At other times, it can run for months without stopping.
It was interesting to see up to date information showing how much the different sources of energy now go to generating our electricity.
There is very little electricity generated by burning coal these days – a very good thing, given the pollution it causes.
Solar and wind power are now much more significant elements of the whole electricity cake.
A major challenge is getting a consistency of supply and this may be possible in future years as battery technology develops.
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