UK Wind Farm Adjusts Output as Coal Plant Supports Grid
Posted 06/07/2023 12:26
The Seagreen offshore wind farm, located off the east coast of Scotland, was instructed by the National Grid to reduce its generation while the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station was enlisted to support the UK's power supply.
As one of the largest wind farms in the country, the Seagreen offshore wind farm was directed by the National Grid to curtail its output over the weekend. This decision was made in conjunction with the inclusion of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station to ensure the stability and security of the electricity supply in the UK.
The Emergency Instruction issued by the UK's electricity system operator to the Seagreen wind farm is part of its routine measures to maintain system security. These actions were taken to address the unique circumstances observed in the GB electricity market over the weekend.
Commenting on the situation, Phil Hewitt, Director at EnAppSys, highlighted the unprecedented events that unfolded in the GB electricity market. Negative prices were recorded for 15 consecutive hours, starting from 2 am until 5 pm. This meant that renewable power stations with Contracts for Difference (CfDs) breached the six-hour limit, causing the cessation of CfD payments.
Under these circumstances, it is logical for the wind farm to shut down to avoid financial losses. Furthermore, if the system operator requires additional power, wind farms should be able to provide cost-effective megawatts. Both of these scenarios occurred during this eventful day.
The situation witnessed over the weekend underscores the dynamic nature of the energy market and the need for flexible response measures to maintain grid stability. By adjusting the output of the Seagreen offshore wind farm and utilizing the support of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, the UK's power supply was safeguarded in the face of unexpected challenges.
As the energy landscape continues to evolve, such incidents highlight the importance of a diversified energy mix and the ongoing efforts to transition to renewable sources. The need for adaptability and efficient coordination between renewable assets and conventional power plants becomes even more crucial to ensure a reliable and secure electricity supply for the UK.