By Nina Chestney
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should have enough electricity to meet demand during the summer months National Network (LON 🙂 Electricity Network Operator (ESO) said Thursday although peak demand could be a little higher than last year.
Electricity demands are unlikely to be as low as they were last year when the UK was strictly closed in the spring and early summer due to COVID-19 and will be closer to previous years, National Grid ESO said in its annual summer outlook.
The peak electricity demand is expected to be 32 gigawatts (GW), 500 megawatts (MW) more than last summer. This corresponds to around 50 GW in the winter months.
The minimum electricity demand is expected to be 17.2 GW, but not as low as last summer (16.2 GW) as COVID-19 restrictions in the UK are expected to be gradually eased from April to June.
Last year, in spring and early summer, the minimum electricity requirement fell by up to 17% compared to what was expected before the coronavirus.
National Grid’s annual summer outlook is designed to help the electricity market prepare for the summer season.
“While there remains some level of uncertainty about COVID-19 and its associated impact on demand, summer 2021 is not expected to be as operationally challenging as spring / summer 2020 and we expect the tools to be in place to enable safe and reliable use. ” , more efficient system operations, “said National Grid ESO.
National Grid’s ESO anticipates an increased likelihood of periods during which variable generation alone, namely renewables, will exceed minimum demand between mid-June and early August.
In these cases, it would ask pumped storage units to increase demand, limit flexible wind, and trade would decrease the number of interconnector imports.
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