Blackout risk as low demand for power brings plea to switch off wind farms

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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https://twitter.com/emilygosden/status/1256540336572313600

Her story is behind a paywall at The Times, but this is the gist:

Britain could be at risk of blackouts as extremely low energy demand threatens to leave the electricity grid overwhelmed by surplus power.

National Grid asked the regulator yesterday for emergency powers to switch off solar and wind farms to prevent the grid from being swamped on the May 8 bank holiday, when demand is expected to be especially low.

In its urgent request to Ofgem, it warned of “a significant risk of disruption to security of supply” if the “last resort” powers to order plant disconnections were not granted.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/blackout-risk-as-low-demand-for-power-brings-plea-to-switch-off-wind-farms-xv36v575x

It is of course a problem which I have been warning about for a long time, that when wind and solar power are really ramped up there would be huge surpluses of power at certain times of the year, not to mention…

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