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Is The UK Grid Approaching Instability?

Musings from the Chiefio

I was looking at the “Dashboard” for the UK electrical grid here:

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Zooming in on detail usage of Nuke vs Coal vs Gas vs Wind, It looks to me like the UK wind farm total is approaching the point where the UK grid destabilizes. It looks, to me, like at most a “double” of wind (ether farm size, or a smaller increase in peak wind speed where ‘drag’ goes as the cube of velocity, so energy ought to ramp up at some significant power function) and there is just not enough “fast response” capacity to absorb the shocks. There isn’t any indication, really, that this is a ‘typical’ chart, so we might already be past that point if other samples are even more extreme.

You can click on that for a bigger image.

OK, that first column has Daily, Weekly, and Monthly demand. Notice that the base demand runs…

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