Gas, nuclear and coal generators told to produce less electricity this summer
The company which runs the electricity supply grid - National Grid - has published its Summer Outlook which makes for interesting reading; the grid operator suggests that it is going to tell centralised generators such as gas, nuclear and coal generators to produce less electricity this coming summer. The reason is surging output from solar and wind generation which is being fed into local demand and bypassing the grid. One thing that this will inevitably mean is that grid electricity will get more expensive as the cost of the huge overhead is spread across lower volumes of supplied energy.
NG appear to accept that this is part of a greater trend which will make the need for huge, subsidised investments in centralised generation (like Hinkley C) obsolete. It also refutes the regular wail we hear from the big energy lobby that an increase in electric cars will cause the grid to tip over; it appears that they’ll be pleased for the extra demand.
Read more from National Grid.
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