Households to be paid for daytime green electricity use during lockdown. Fall in energy use combined with bright, breezy weather leads to lowest electricity prices in 10 years. Thousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, as wind and solar projects produce a surge in clean energy during the coronavirus lockdown. On Sunday morning, windfarms contributed almost 40% of the UK’s electricity, while solar power made up almost a fifth of the power system. Fossil fuels made up less than 15% of electricity, of which only 1.1% came from coal plants. Meanwhile, the country’s energy demand has fallen by around 10% due to the shutdown of pubs, restaurants, companies and factories across the country, leading to the lowest electricity market prices in 10 years. Households on a new breed of home energy tariff will even be paid to use electricity during the day on Sunday, because sunny weather and a brisk breeze will help generate ample clean electricity to meet the UK’s lower energy needs. The so-called “negative electricity prices” have previously only been available to homes overnight, when demand is typically at its lowest. But the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and the bright spring weather mean some homes will be able to earn money while using clean electricity during the day for the first time. Households which use the Agile Octopus energy tariff, offered by Octopus Energy, were contacted on Saturday to let them know they would be paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity they use during the sunniest hours of Sunday afternoon. From 11am-4pm, those customers will earn 0.22p-3.3p per kWh to make use of the UK’s abundant clean energy, the company said.
Guardian 5th April 2020 read more »
Staying at home has changed our daily routines and turned the electricity demands of weekdays into more like weekends. Power demands on weekdays have fallen by about 10 per cent, a pattern usually reserved for weekends and bank holidays. The change was first observed after Boris Johnson’s announcement of the lockdown on March 23. The fall has largely come from large industries, as well as shops and offices that are closed or under severe restrictions. “You might think people staying at home and using more electricity would mean an increased overall demand across the country, but that’s not the case,” Rob Rome and Jean Hamman from National Grid said. “Electricity demand is actually significantly lower than usual.” National Grid said that the biggest change had been a decrease of 18 per cent in morning demand and that the pattern of morning use had changed. Usually there is a surge in demand as people get up and switch on lights, kettles, heating and showers. But the peak has been reduced and use is more spread out over the morning, possibly because people are getting up later.
Times 6th April 2020 read more »