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Here’s what we know about the events beginning on Friday afternoon at around 4:52pm. (That’s BST, not GMT. Always check…)
Flexitricity was having a quiet afternoon, with most of our customers getting on with the day job, and just a few megawatts of Short Term Operating Reserve running at the time. We were also charging some battery capacity under Balancing Mechanism instruction. National electricity demand was a modest 28GW when, for as-yet-unannounced and probably mundane reasons, Little Barford power station tripped. It had been generating 664MW. Little Barford is a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) of nineties vintage, snuggled next to the main east coast train line between London and Edinburgh. It’s owned by RWE.
Last week’s announcement of a new Distributed Resource Desk at National Grid’s control room pleased a lot of people, including all of Flexitricity and many of our customers. Unlike so many initiatives, the effect of this one has been immediately positive, and its long-term implications are profoundly beneficial for customers and for greener energy.
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