Inside Britain’s energy crisis – and how to fix it

Wind farms deliver almost a fifth of Britain’s electricity, but a freak anticyclone has hovered over Western Europe since mid-August, bringing calmer weather and low wind speeds, sapping power production.  According to energy consultant Cornwall Insight, wind typically accounts for 18pc of the nation’s power mix, a share which has dropped to just 2pc in…

Power struggle with Europe as UK grid battles to keep the lights on

Britain’s power grid has repeatedly fallen below its targeted frequency level this year, raising fears that it is struggling to cope with intermittent energy supplies. It comes amid rising international energy costs and a recent drop in wind power due to particularly still weather. Earlier this week the UK was forced to bring a coal-fired power plant…

Electricity grid warnings ‘causing disquiet’ among multinationals, says IDA

Warnings that electricity demand was pushing supplies to their limit sparked concern among multinationals in the Republic, IDA Ireland has told regulators. Electricity market regulators last winter issued several “amber alerts”, warning that demand in the Dublin area was close to capacity, increasing the risk of power cuts should the network run into problems. IDA Ireland says…

North South Interconnector court challenge

Counsel for a group of landowners also claimed the decision to give the go-ahead for the North South Interconnector unlawfully violated Stormont’s Ministerial Code. But government lawyers insisted new legislation meant Infrastructure Minister Minister Nichola Mallon had legal power to authorise the project without taking it to her Executive colleagues. Members of Safe Electricity Armagh…

Power firms warn time is short for green energy plan

They say getting to 70pc renewable electricity by 2030, as currently planned, will need multiple battery-storage installations, the completion of three planned transboundary interconnectors and a strengthened transmission grid. Even with all these components in place, natural gas will remain essential to power supply in 2030 and beyond, albeit on a reduced scale. They also warn…