The Times | Power cuts cause rush-hour chaos

Tom Edwards our Senior Modeller was quoted in The Times discussing the fault on the National Grid at the height of the evening rush hour.

National Grid said the blackouts were caused by “an unexpected and unusual event, the loss of two generators that connect to the Great Britain transmission system, which led to a fall in the frequency of the electricity system”.

Questions will be asked — were renewables responsible? In this case — directly, no; it seems like a gas-fired power station was responsible. Did they make the system harder to balance? Yes.

Tom Edwards, Senior Modeller

The Times