COMMENCING last Sunday the UK has experienced a period of high pressure
which resulted until Wednesday evening in us experiencing near total wind
We probably reached a peak minimum wind output around 08.00 am yesterday
(May 1) when our approximately 21,000 MW of onshore and offshore wind
turbines were producing 180 MW, equivalent to 0.5 per cent of the UK’s
needs.This from an investment to date of tens of billions.
Scotland was importing up to 1000 MW from England and the UK concurrently
some 3500 MW from Europe whilst e depended on gas providing us with up to
59 per cent of our electricity.
The new Nemo interconnector to Belgium which started up in December last
year, increasing the UK’s import capability to 4000MW, was running flat out
at 1000MW. French and Belgian nuclear power has been keeping our lights on
for almost all of this week.
Given that the UK statistically can experience around 60 days/year of very
high pressure we are effectively energy-dependent upon Europe to function.
For a sovereign nation to arrive at this position is incredible.
Saviskaill, Langdales Avenue, Cumbernauld.