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National Grid issues notice to energy industry for more generation

National Grid has issued a notice to the energy industry asking for more generation to be brought on to the system following “multiple plant breakdowns”. The power firm said the move was not an indication that there was an immediate risk of blackouts, but it is the first time such a notice has been issued for three years.

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Power supplies tight but UK will cope, says National Grid

The UK faces a tighter energy crunch than last year, with more contingency measures needed to ensure the lights stay on, an assessment from National Grid has shown. The gap between total electricity generating capacity and peak demand would fall to just 1.2% without measures in place such as paying moth-balled power plants to be ready to come online and paying factories to be prepared to power down if needed. With those extra measures in place for times of peak demand, the capacity margin rises to 5.1%, the National Grid assessment shows. Last year’s capacity margin was 4.1% without additional provisions, which raised the breathing space to 6.1%.