In the first in a new series of podcasts, Current± editor Liam Stoker and Energy Storage News editor Andy Colthorpe discuss the headlines, causes and remedies to recent blackouts in the UK, and take a look at what's happening to Elon Musk's Tesla.
A lightning strike that caused two separate losses of generation – described by National Grid ESO as an “extremely rare and unexpected event” – has been revealed as the cause behind Britain’s power cut on 9 August 2019.
In the wake of the UK’s black out on 9 August, Liam Stoker speaks to the UK’s battery storage scene to determine precisely how it helped bring the UK’s power grids back online, and how they could prevent similar events in the future
Distribution network operators and the decisions they made to disconnect end users will be investigated as part of an inquiry into last week’s blackout, the government has confirmed.
Much of the reaction to last Friday’s blackout has centred around possible, but now dismissed, links to the high penetration of renewables on the UK’s grid. Liam Stoker analyses the train of thought that decentralisation could actually be the most compelling solution to grid security.
Last week’s UK black out was unlikely to have been the result of either high renewable generation or a cyber attack, National Grid chief exec John Pettigrew has said.
The government is to launch a formal investigation into last week’s power cut which left nearly 1 million customers without power.