The British grid operator National Grid, comparable to Elia in Belgium, has used its reserve of coal-fired power stations for the first time.
The combination of relatively cold temperatures, little wind and also little import from France due to strike actions there necessitates using extra power stations, it sounds.
West Burton’s EDF plant was asked to “warm up” for any production on Monday. On Tuesday, the same question was also put to two more Drax power stations in Yorkshire. According to the network operator, they will have to supply power between 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm to provide a sufficient buffer, according to the Guardian.
The temperature in London is more than 5 degrees lower than normal for this time of year. In addition, wind turbines only supply 14 percent of the total electricity capacity in the United Kingdom.