Electricity supplies tighter this winter, says analyst
Analyst Enappsys has warned that tighter power supplies in the coming winter will force National Grid to depend more extensively on its last-resort measures in order to meet demand. Data from the company, reported in the Financial Times on Monday 13 June, suggested that, if electricity demand were the same as last winter, there would be 85 hours in the coming winter when there was less than 2GW of spare capacity. There would also be 12 hours during which demand would exceed standard capacity, and the last-resort measures would be required. Enappsys director Phil Hewitt said that if the winter were harsh “things could get very expensive”.