Monday, 21 November 2016

Electricity consumption is ramping up with the wintry weather.


Today, 21st November 2016, at 1030 am, UK electricity consumption at nearly 44GW is 3 GW higher than at the same time last week. On this basis, consumption is likely to hit 50 GW at around 530pm tonight.
It's fairly windy, so we are getting about 9.5% of our electricity from wind. Of course at 530pm we will be getting zero from PV, so all those panels we have fitted make no difference to our requirement for peak generation capacity.
To see the data in more detail, go to http://nationalgrid.stephenmorley.org/
Are you telling your friends that you are shifting your discretionary consumption (e.g. washing machines, dishwashers, tumble driers, immersion heaters) out of the peak period from 3 to 8pm? I am!

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