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12 Low Wind Days So Far This Winter

Monday, December 28, 2015

There Were 12 Days So Far This Winter When Wind Was Supplying 10% Or Less Of The Installed And Connected Wind Capacity To The Grid

When your electricity supply has “Gone with the Wind” the response of the renewable energy suppliers that “frankly my dear we don't give a damn” is just not acceptable says GMB.

Since the start of winter 2015/16 - since the beginning of October to 21st  December - there has been 12 days when the output of the installed and connected wind turbines in the UK have produced 10% or less of the installed and connected capacity of 8,972MW.  These are on 2nd , 3rd,  4th, 8th , 9th, 10th, 18th,19th October, 2nd, 3rd 4th November and 13th December. See notes to editors for source of the data.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “There were 12 days so far this winter when wind was supplying 10% or less of the installed and connected wind capacity to the grid. On 4th November National Grid had to invoke special measures to keep the lights on.

There can be up to eight to ten days per month when there is not a lot of output from the 8.9GW of installed and connected wind capacity in the UK.

GMB will publish a regular wind watch to assist public debate. The renewables lobby has to face up to the need for a base load electricity capacity that is reliable and clean on the days that the wind does not blow and the sun doesn't shines.

When your electricity supply has “Gone with the Wind” the response of the renewable energy suppliers that “frankly my dear we don't give a damn” is just not acceptable.

639,000 GMB members want the keep the lights on. Unless there is a scientific breakthrough on carbon capture nuclear and gas are the only shows in town. Those advocating renewable energy have to accept this".

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu on 07956 237178 or  Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

Source: Balancing Mechanism Reporting System (BMRS)

The BMRS website, www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm, provides near real time and historic data about the Balancing Mechanism which is used by the National Grid (System Operator) as a means of balancing power flows on to and off the electricity Transmission System in Great Britain.

The data examined is of all the wind that is connected to the National Transmission System but does not include wind connected to the local networks, which is not monitored. Around 8.9 GW or 8,972 MW of wind connected to the National Grid with another 5GW connected to local electricity networks.

BMRS is managed and operated by Elexon.

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