In recent news, the National Grid are focusing on balancing UK supply and demand for electricity by paying people to temporarily reduce the amount of power taken from the grid. Studies have shown that the NHS can reduce their consumption by up to 400megawatts!
Although they’re targeting big organisations at the moment, could this be a sign that we need to the future and reduce our consumption?
Concerns are growing in the winter that supplies are dwindling and demand is increasing. Britain is moving forward with the construction or solar and wind sites but unfortunately these do not provide power constantly. Additional power plants will rarely be used for supply due to the current de-carbonising projects in the UK.
How can you prepare?
On a smaller scale, there are options available to prepare for any blackouts that could happen – and reduce your reliance on the grid.
Renewable systems such as solar panels are an obvious step to providing electricity to your home or business. Throughout the day, electricity from the system can meet demand and help make savings.
Often, owners of solar installations don’t see the full benefit from their system because they are out during the hours of peak generation. This therefore maintains the reliance on the grid to provide their electricity after sunlight hours. Battery systems are a great way of storing generated electricity that otherwise would have exported back to the grid. These charge up and feed the energy into your house when you require it, recharging during the day.
If there were a blackout then your solar battery storage can pick up the slack, powering everything for you until the grid is back up and running.
You feed-in tariff payments will not be affected by any battery storage you install. The plus is, even if you use all the generated electricity – you still get paid! By adding battery storage you can maximise the potential income and savings made from your solar system.
The future of energy demand
Battery stores are one step in the right direction to reducing the demand on the grid. Energy intensive practices are going to be the worst hit in blackout circumstances – such as the NHS. Figuring out how to reduce their demand should be coupled with creating an alternative to the grid.
Although the threat of blackout may not be imminent, it is key to remember that resources are growing scarce. Alternatives are best sought now before the problems strikes.