Large-scale power outages are thankfully rare in the UK. In an uncertain world it’s the job of organisations like Ofgem, The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, and The National Grid to keep our energy supplies secure and reliable.
Ofgem recently released a detailed infographic explaining where our energy comes from, how it’s kept stable during periods of high demand, and which other countries we cooperate with in order to improve energy security & save costs. Factors such as unusual weather, the cost of fossil fuels, the availability of renewable power and economic activity can all affect demand and put strain on the National Grid.
Did you know?…
- Energy demand can triple on a cold winters day
- Britain is able to import electricity from France, Ireland and the Netherlands when demand is high
- We can also sell electricity to a number of European countries when demand in Britain is low
- Around half of Britain’s natural gas comes from the North Sea
- Gas can be imported from continental Europe via pipelines or shipped in from further away in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The government are also rolling out Smart Meters and attempting to create a Smart Grid, which will make it easier to understand energy usage and anticipate periods of high demand.
The full Ofgem infographic can be seen below. Click or tap on the image for a better view.