Grid Issues Urgent Call For Extra Power
By Paul Homewood
And it’s only November!!
The Grauniad report:
National Grid has issued an urgent request for energy companies to make more power available after multiple breakdowns at UK power stations.
It has asked energy companies to supply an extra 500 megawatts (MW) between 4.30pm and 6pm on Wednesday, a period when power demand surges, with some people still at work and others arriving home and turning the lights on.
National Grid sent a “notification of inadequate system margin” (NISM), a warning that there was not enough power in reserve to keep the lights on in the event of an unforeseen emergency. But it insisted there was no threat of imminent power cuts. It was the first such notice to be issued by National Grid since 2012; there were 10 in 2005 and eight in 2008.
At the time it issued the notice, National Grid was forecasting peak demand for Wednesday night to be 48,275MW. But the company played down the significance of the warning. “This is part of our standard toolkit for balancing supply and demand and is not an indication there is an immediate risk of disruption to supply or blackouts,” a spokesman said. “It indicates that we would like our power held in reserve to be higher.”
An NISM is not the strongest warning National Grid can issue. It falls below a high risk of demand reduction (HRDR) and the highest level, a demand control imminent (DCI) warning.
National Grid said last month it had the “right tools” to avoid blackouts this winter, which has been predicted to be unusually cold. Its contingency plans include paying factories to shut down operations and getting energy companies to keep mothballed power plants on standby.
For some reason, the Guradian forgot to mention how much power is coming from wind at the moment:
No wind, no sun, no electricity? Now who would have thunk that?