Warm weather covered peak capacity gap last year

National Grid data shows a mild winter and increased interconnection plugged the gap between electricity capacity and peak demand last year

Fears that a decreasing gap between electricity capacity and demand would lead to winter cut-outs last year were saved by warm weather and strong winds, latest figures from the National Grid show.

Last October, electricity capacity was reported to be at a seven-year low due to the closure of old power plants.

But figures from National Grid’s latest winter review and consultation report, published on 15 July, show that the mild winter lowered peak demand. This was also buffered by high wind generation and interconnection imports.

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