Wind Power Down To 0.6% Today
By Paul Homewood
The UK is sat under a large high pressure system today, one which is forecast to last all week. And, as always happens, the wind drops away to next to nothing.
In the last 24 hours, consequently, wind power has contributed only 0.9% to the grid, and is currently running at even less. Fortunately, coal and gas are still supplying 63.8%.
According to the Dept of Business/OFGEM, we have generation capacity of 73 GW, but this includes 14.3 GW of wind. (According to them solar power is not relevant to security of electricity supply during winter peak.) This also includes the Contingency Balancing Reserve of 3.5 GW. Note that coal still offers 12.8 GW.
Given that they say that peak demand is around 61 GW in winter, we will need every bit of that fossil fuel capacity if we experience similar weather then.
With a bit of help from interconnectors, we will probably just about muddle through, but could somebody please tell me how we will manage in years to come when we will not even be allowed to burn gas?
I’ll finish with this graph from the National Grid’s Winter Review 2016, which speaks for itself: