In 2008 Britain’s gas power plants had load factors averaging 71%, but by 2012 this had dropped to 30.4% (source). This is a rather stark change, and so far almost totally unreported by environment journalists.
Here however is what has happened to the average load factor of Britain’s coal power plants:
We are therefore under-utilizing gas power plants, while burning more and more coal. Is this a reflection of efficient climate policy?