National Grid: UK has enough power to meet demand this winter

National Grid has increased its forecast for the surplus power margin to 10.3% for this winter. That’s a rise from 5.7% from last winter, according to the grid operator’s Winter Outlook Report for 2017/18. It expects there to be sufficient generation and interconnector imports to meet demand throughout this winter. The peak transmission demand is […]

More spare power capacity this winter, says National Grid

National Grid has said there will be much more spare power capacity this winter. In its latest Winter Consultation for 2017/18, the grid operator has increased the surplus electricity margin, i.e. the additional power it expects to have available over what is needed to meet demand in winter 2017/18. It expects it to be in […]

National Grid Winter Outlook: Reaction

National Grid’s news that the power margin for this winter is at 6.6% has been welcomed by the energy sector. Jonathan Marshall, Energy Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said the operator’s Winter Outlook shows that the UK continues “to have a reliable electricity system” as it goes through this “period of […]

Winter power margin 6.6%, says National Grid

National Grid believes there will be sufficient generation and interconnector imports to meet demand throughout this winter. In its latest Winter Outlook for 2016/17, the grid operator has increased the gap between total power generating capacity and peak demand to 6.6% from the 5.5% for winter 2015/2016. That means the generation margin for the coming […]

National Grid confident lights will stay on this winter

Britain will have enough supply of electricity and gas to meet demand this winter. National Grid’s analysis suggests power margins this winter will be similar to its previous forecast of 5.5% for winter 2015/16. That’s after securing emergency back-up capacity last year, the grid operator said. The electricity margin would have been just 0.1% if […]

UK winter power margins ‘tight but manageable’

The electricity margins in the UK will continue to be “tight but manageable” this winter. In its Winter Outlook for 2015/16, National Grid confirmed earlier predictions which showed the gap between total power generating capacity and peak demand would fall to just 1.2% without measures in place to secure supplies. The grid operator has however […]