Global Lessons from the Texas Blackouts

Global Lessons from the Texas Blackouts

Three Perfect Storms?  Three severe winter storms swept across America in the period February 10-20, 2021. While causing many problems across the country, in Texas they caused widespread blackouts, affecting almost the entire population in rolling brown-outs and total...
Calculating the Need for Storage

Calculating the Need for Storage

Current Calculations Currently each country and grid calculates its need for storage in very complicated manner, by creating a model with various scenarios, projecting different generation mixes all based on huge assumptions as to what will be rolled out in future....
Saving Billions on Grid Upgrades

Saving Billions on Grid Upgrades

The UK government and grid are planning £16bn grid upgrades as part of wider developments to accommodate 35GW new renewable generation, largely from offshore wind. This is to accommodate the peaks of intermittent generation in order to reduce curtailment, and will...
Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Warning: this blog article is rather more strident than most. First Four Fads: Batteries, Distributed, Virtual, Demand-Side The energy transition isn’t carefully thought through – it’s driven by fads, the current ones being batteries, distributed, virtual and...
Interconnectors and Imports

Interconnectors and Imports

Interconnectors in Europe The United Kingdom no longer has enough domestically generated electricity for its own peak needs, and relies on imports through interconnectors. As the grid decarbonises, power stations are closing, increasing the country’s reliance on...