Close To The Bone!
By Paul Homewood
This is the UK grid status at 6pm today.
Demand is close to going into the red. According the Gridwatch tag:
The amber warning represents the demand level that cannot be reliably met by wood or fossil burning, or nuclear generation, but must be augmented by imports, or unreliable intermittent renewable energy.
Note that coal, gas and nuclear are close to limits. Fortunately wind is still giving 2GW.
The 2GW French interconnector is running at around 1GW, but to make matters worse French demand is also pushing up against its limits:
I have said it before, and I will say it again – what the hell are we supposed to do in a few years time when we no longer have the 8GW currently being supplied by coal?