National Grid

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    Financial Times | National Grid issues second warning on stretched British electricity

    Tom Edwards Senior Modelling Consultant at Cornwall Insight comments on National Grid's warning for the second time in three week's featured in the Financial Times. National Grid warned that supplies of electricity in Britain are going to be stretched as fewer-than-expected power generators will be available at peak times, while...

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    Insight energy | National Grid’s FES hydrogen focus could boost offshore wind deployment

    National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES), published on July 27, showed hydrogen – for heating, transport and clean dispatchable thermal energy - playing a pivotal role in three* out of the four of its net zero scenarios: Steady progression (SP), Consumer Transformation (CT), System Transformation (ST) and Leading the Way...

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    National Grid’s FES hydrogen focus could boost offshore wind deployment

    National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES)*, published 27 July, showed hydrogen – for heating, transport and clean dispatchable thermal energy playing a pivotal role in three** out of the four of its net zero scenarios; Steady progression (SP), Consumer Transformation (CT), System Transformation (ST) and Leading the Way (LW). Cornwall...

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    The effects of lockdown on the Balancing Mechanism

    The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown restrictions have impacted GB’s energy market, with record low demand and wholesale prices. These changes in market conditions have seen National Grid as the Electricity System Operator (ESO) face operational challenges in balancing the electricity system. Research from Cornwall Insight highlights that during...

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    Cornwall Insight comments on £51mn cost to balance the electricity system over the Bank Holiday

    The Bank Holiday (23-24 May) saw the UK experience warm yet windy weather. Coupled with the significantly low levels of energy demand observed during the lockdown, it is no surprise that the level of activity from National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to turn down generation was high. As a...

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    Record EV sales break National Grid’s scenario

    Electric vehicle (EV) sales bucked the overall 2019 trend of falling car sales with figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) showing that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) registrations have risen by 144% to 37,850. According to further research from Cornwall Insight on these figures, the BEV sales for 2019...

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    Scottish wind farms called upon in the Balancing Mechanism

    Management of wind resources is a critical tool for National Grid in dealing with system constraints, supply and demand imbalance and increasingly inertia*. Data from Cornwall Insight’s Balancing Mechanism (BM) Service highlights that wind was the first-most utilised renewable technology asked to turn down in the BM. Further analysis also...

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    The Times | Back-up plants failed during blackouts, National Grid admits

    Tom Edwards was cited in The Times discussing the blackout that occurred last month. According to National Grid, about 10 per cent of emergency back-up power supplies that were supposed to help avert blackouts last month failed to deliver electricity as expected. Tom questioned whether there was “enough diversity in...

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    Electric vehicles on track to pass National Grid’s Consumer Evolution projections

    Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) last week saw battery electric vehicles (BEV) record their largest-ever monthly share of new car registrations in August 2019. Further research into these figures by Cornwall Insight shows that at the current pace of BEV registrations the UK is...

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    Cornwall Insight comments on National Grid ESO’s blackout investigation

    This morning Ofgem published National Grid’s investigation into the blackouts that occurred on 9 August. The regulator was concerned enough to launch its own examination to see what “lessons can be drawn” to “further improve the resilience of Britain’s energy networks”. The regulator will try and establish whether any network...

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    A glimpse into the future of wholesale power

    Over the Easter holidays, the UK bathed in warm sunshine and as a result, the GB wholesale power market experienced a series of notable events, some that would have once been rare. High levels of embedded solar generation reduced the need for grid-connected energy production, causing the minimum daytime demand...

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    Pixie Energy’s study demonstrates the benefits of local flexibility

    Last year, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provided funding to support a range of Flexibility Market Feasibility Studies. Pixie Energy, as part of a consortium including Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council, led a study based in Ipswich. The Ipswich Flexibility Feasibility Study analysed mechanisms...