EDF’s Sizewell B nuclear power plant is now back to full power, as the UK’s energy demand continues to return to normal. This follows National Grid ESO agreeing a deal with EDF at the beginning of May for it to halve the generation from the Suffolk based nuclear plant for a period of over 4 months. When the nationwide lockdown was introduced in March to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, electricity demand fell dramatically. With factories, offices, schools and many other buildings shut, demand was 20% below expected levels for much of the lockdown period. This coincided with one of the highest periods of low carbon generation, with Britain experiencing the sunniest spring on record. This caused solar power generation to have a record-breaking period of its own, including hitting a peak generation level of 9.68GW in April. On Friday (25 September), the 1,200MW EDF nuclear plant once again returned to full power as the level of demand in Britain continues to rise, almost hitting 30GW. A recent report from National Grid ESO, showed that while demand predictions continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they were closer in August than they had been since before the lockdown as demand increasingly resembled pre-pandemic levels.
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