National Grid

National Grid ESO probing power cuts following sudden generation collapse

By |2019-08-13T14:54:50+00:00August 25th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News|

The sudden loss of nearly 2GW of generation triggered a stress event and power cuts experienced up and down the country on Friday evening (9 August 2019). The incident, which caused significant disruption up and down the UK, was triggered by failures at two large generators, specifically Orsted’s 1.2GW Hornsea offshore wind farm and the

Lightning strike revealed as cause of 9 August UK black out

By |2019-08-23T11:40:06+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Cut, Power Generation|

A lightning strike that caused two separate losses of generation – described by National Grid ESO as an “extremely rare and unexpected event” – has been revealed as the cause behind Britain’s power cut on 9 August 2019. This morning the electricity system operator published its interim report into the incident, revealing that a lightning

Battery storage called into action as UK suffers country-wide power cuts

By |2019-08-15T17:52:46+00:00August 15th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News|

Battery storage assets were called into action last week after the UK suffered country-wide power outages following a transmission system stress event. Last Friday evening (9 August 2019), two large generators were disconnected from the UK’s power system almost simultaneously, effectively taking 2GW worth of electricity generation within minutes of each other. That collapse in

UK must step-up investment into decarbonising heat and transport, says IEA

By |2019-06-17T17:51:34+00:00June 19th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Pollution, Power Generation|

The UK must scale-up decarbonisation of heat and transport, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest in-depth review of UK energy policies. Whilst the report praises the UK’s overall decarbonisation efforts, it stressed the need for greater investment in the transport and heat sectors if the country is to reduce its emissions in line

Coal-free fortnight: Landmark record set as UK goes two weeks without coal

By |2019-06-03T14:13:14+00:00June 9th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Pollution, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

The UK has now gone a fortnight without coal, underpinning what has been a landmark month for the country’s energy mix. The record was confirmed by National Grid ESO at 3:12pm this afternoon, the moment it became clear that the UK would surpass two consecutive weeks without any coal-fired generation whatsoever. Having only gone a

UK power prices turn negative for nine hours, balancing costs spike during ‘extraordinary’ weekend

By |2019-06-03T12:46:32+00:00June 5th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

UK power prices turned negative for nine consecutive hours on Sunday in what’s been billed as an “extraordinary turn of events” for the country’s electricity system. Unusually low demand, some 2GW below forecasts, combined with high wind generation to send prices spiralling, and National Grid was even forced into instructing onshore and offshore wind farms

First battery storage site supplies electricity to National Grid Balancing Mechanism

By |2019-03-27T11:06:02+00:00August 30th, 2018|Grid Balancing, National Grid, Solar and Battery, Uncategorized|

Anesco’s Breach Farm has today become the first battery storage system to supply electricity from renewables sources to the UK National Grid Balancing Mechanism The Balancing Mechanism (BM) is one of the most important tools which National Grid uses to balance electricity supply and demand in real-time.

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