Yhe UK’s energy demands are forecast to hit record lows this weekend, requiring the National Grid to take additional measures to manage the UK’s power network. The coronavirus lockdown has caused demand for power to plummet an average of 15 to 20 per cent as businesses and manufacturing operations have been halted. Over the bank holiday weekend the grid is preparing for demand to fall as low as 15GW on Saturday daytime, 14GW on Saturday night and just 13.8GW overnight on Sunday – well below half the average national
Independent 23rd May 2020 read more »
Wind farms in Britain were paid a record £.9.3m to switch off their turbines on Friday, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. More than 80 plants across England and Scotland were handed the so-called ‘constraint payments’, when supply outstrips demand, by the National Grid, as thousands of buildings lying empty following the coronavirus lockdown contributed to a nosedive in demand for energy. In what has been declared a “national embarrassment” and a power management “disgrace” by campaigners, consumers will ultimately foot the bill of £6.9m to 66 Scottish plants and £1.9m to 14 offshore plants in England.
Telegraph 23rd May 2020 read more »