Power outage highlights system deficiencies

August 26th, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize

The World Nuclear News (WNN) reports that the widespread electricity outage which blacked out much of the UK on 9 August, caused travel and other service disruptions across England and Wales. The National Grid said it was triggered by disconnections at a gas-fired power station in Bedfordshire and the Hornsea offshore wind farm in Yorkshire.

An inquiry is apparently underway to investigate the root causes of the power outage,  including the question of frequency control. The enquiry will make recommendations for essential service resilience to power disruptions as intermittent power from renewables take a greater share of the UK’s electricity supply and coal-fired generation is almost phased out. Last year gas provided 39% of UK electricity, and nuclear 18%.

Contact Claire-Louise Isted, World Nuclear News, isted@world-nuclear-news.org



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