Windy Days and Power Shortages
The crumbling state of Britain’s electricity network was exposed yesterday when power station breakdowns caused the first energy shortage of the autumn.
National Grid was forced to call for more power from electricity generators..power suppliers were asked to bring all their available generating capacity online, including expensive oil-fired units.
But it's very windy out there today, what do you mean the whirligigs won't supply us enough juice?
By 2020, more than a third of Britain's electricity will be generated by wind power, according to government plans. One problem - six out of 10 days aren't windy enough to make sufficient power. So what happens then?