National Grid is gearing up for summer with the start of a scheme which pays companies to use more electricity when wind and solar power surges past demand. For the power system operator the return of longer, brighter days during British Summer Time flips the winter-time challenge of securing enough supply to meet demand. Instead, it will face periods when grid demand falls and there is more wind and solar power than Britain needs. The boom in solar panels in recent years, fuelled by subsidies, has far exceeded expectations. These panels feed the power they produce directly into homes or the local electricity grid, cutting demand on the national system to what is expected to be a record low this year. From Monday the so-called ‘demand turn up’ scheme will pay six successful businesses who were selected through an auction and are able to commit to using more power when there is an excess in the system. A National Grid spokesman said its figures show it will save consumers £500,000 over the summer.
Telegraph 26th March 2017 read more »