Great Britain faces risk of winter blackouts, system operator warns

great britain faces risk of winter blackouts system operator warns

Sumary of Great Britain faces risk of winter blackouts, system operator warns:

  • It said that in some scenarios the “margin” of forecast electricity supplies might exceed demand by 5.3%, the tightest margin recorded since the winter of 2015-2016, when National Grid was forced to ask businesses to reduce their electricity usage to keep the lights on after a spate of breakdowns at coal plants.
  • Guardian business email sign-upThe UK was forced to rely on its last remaining coal power plants to meet demand during cold, still periods when demand was high and wind speeds low last winter.
  • This year it could be more difficult to cover the loss of a sudden outage at a power plant, subsea power cable or low wind speeds due to the closure of older nuclear plants.

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