The UK’s mainstream media – and parts of government – still don’t seem to have got the message that the times are changing. Over the past few weeks the national papers have been full of fears that Britain would be unable to “keep the lights on” after the news broke of early shutdowns of coal-fired units – a headline that has been in almost continuous circulation since the 1970s. Meanwhile, ministers’ fixation with new gas investment, which again prompted warnings this week that it is likely to prove incompatible with carbon targets, risks burdening the UK with yet more 20th century infrastructure at a time when renewables, energy storage, and smart grids are re-defining what a modern power grid can deliver. It’s no longer business-as-usual in the world of energy. Now’s the time to prepare your business for a low-carbon energy revolution and all the disruption and opportunity that entails – it’s coming sooner than you think.
Business Green 26th Feb 2016 read more »
Britain faces nearly three months of electricity shortages next winter, as the nation dips into a deficit with the looming closure of five of its biggest coal-fired power stations next month. Provisional forecasts made for the winter of 2016, released by National Grid, show the UK will fall into a power deficit in late November which will drag on for 11 weeks until the Spring of 2017, when warmer weather curtails overall demand. Without urgent action to address the shortfall, experts have warned the crunch could lead to rolling blackouts for industrial users of electricity and, under exceptional circumstances, for ordinary domestic users. Experts say it is impossible to say if emergency measures adopted by National Grid, such as ordering industrial users to switch off their electricity during peak hours or calling on emergency supplies including from small-scale diesel generators, would be sufficient to prevent wider disruption, including to ordinary households.
Times 27th Feb 2016 read more »