UK’s power system ‘must ensure flexibility to avoid outages as the country decarbonises by 2050’

Dr Iain Staffell of Imperial College London said: ‘Having flexibility within the power system at these critical moments is crucial to keeping Britain’s lights on’

Maintaining a flexible power system able to rapidly respond to changes on the grid is critical to avoiding power cuts on the UK's road to net zero.

That's according to a new analysis conducted by academics from Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights, which highlights how a host of technologies helped stabilise the country's energy system during a volatile start to 2020.

The research highlights that output from wind farms soared over the period, up by 40% compared to the same time in 2019 as severe storms swept across the nation - however, when output from wind power fell sharply on cold, calm days, the system was stressed and at one point came close to a blackout, with only 0.2GW of spare capacity available, compared to more than 4GW the following day.

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