UK will have gas over winter

8 July 2016
UK will have gas over winter

We automatically assumed Britain would have enough gas over the winter, so we weren't worried.

That was, until a new report came out which said that 'everything is going to be fine'. We didn't think otherwise, until you put the element of doubt in our heads!

Anyway, National Grid said spare capacity for the winter would be 5.5%, which is just above last year's, which was 5.1%.

The Grid, who own and manage all our gas and electricity, said that margins will be similar to the forecast for last winter in their annual winter consultation.

Cordi O'Hara, director of UK System Operations, said: "The surplus margin for this winter is 5.5%. This is the additional power we expect to have available over and above what is needed to meet electricity demand."

"We believe the margin is manageable and that we have the right tools and services available, including extra power we can call on if we need it, for times of highest demand."

"We expect there to be sufficient gas supplies available to meet demand which will be met from a wide range of supply sources."

We're jumpy now. If someone, unannounced came up to us and simply said, 'everything is AOK!', we'd assume they'd just murdered someone. Maybe that says more about us.

And we're finding chairs to burn, just in case winter is a cold one.

National Grid said that they are confident that they've taken steps to support the operation of the country's electricity systems, which will be "tight but manageable" for the winter.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: "When it comes to making sure our families and businesses have the certainty of secure energy supplies they can rely on now and in the future, I'm clear that this comes first and it is not negotiable.

"I will take no risks with the security of our energy supply which is why we have taken prudent steps to protect supplies ahead of this winter.

"In the longer term the capacity market is acting as an insurance policy for our electricity needs, securing future supplies at the lowest possible cost to consumers."

TOPICS:   Utilities

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