Britain has been wind power-free for 9 days

Published: 08 Jun 2018 By Grace Kimberley

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The UK has now gone without wind power for nine days, and forecasts predict the gentle conditions lasting for up to two more weeks.

Wind energy storage prices have increased to their highest figures for this time of the year in over a decade since the wind shortage, which commenced early last week.

Despite a sudden spike expected to happen around June 14th, wind generation is expected to remain weak for the next fortnight, says The Weather Company.

During hot summer months like June, a shortage of wind power isn’t a “deep concern”, but according to analysts, a calm day in the middle of a cold UK winter could put the UK’s power grid at “immense” risk.

“People would’ve started worrying about brownouts,” said Elchin Mammadov, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “This shows that relying on wind, solar and batteries to supply the majority of our power is reckless for energy security.”

The UK is exploring other sectors to combat the issue and Business Minister for the UK Greg Clark announced on Monday that the UK is likely to support Hitachi’s nuclear power plant in Wales.

“For this project, the government will be considering direct investment alongside Hitachi and the Japanese government agencies and other partners,” Greg Clark told parliament on Monday.

Clark says negotiations with Hitachi will commence soon, with parliament placing a clear focus on achieving reduced costs for energy consumers.

 

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