National Grid expecting “manageable” winter power demand
National Grid has said that the additional balancing services that it has procured will help to ensure that electricity demand this winter remains “manageable”. The company published its Winter Review and Consultation Report on Wednesday 15 July. It said that capacity from generation, along with the balancing tools, showed a Loss of Load Expectation (LOLE) of 1.1 hours/ year and a de-rated margin of 5.1% for this winter. The report said that, without the additional balancing services, LOLE in the report’s base case would have been 8.9 hours/ year, equivalent to a de-rated margin of 1.2%. National Grid also expected gas supplies to be sufficient to meet demand.