Britain was forced to ask France to send less electricity across the Channel after technical problems with a trading platform in Europe threatened a risky surge of power. Officials issued a request for “emergency assistance” from France on the morning of Sunday August 29 to cap flows to Britain through giant cables under the sea. It came after traders buying and selling power across borders around Europe were temporarily unable to book trades due to problems with the Joint Allocation Office, meaning too much energy would have been coming into Britain via the cable. Supply and demand of electricity has to be precisely matched. Too much or too little electricity can cause power cuts due to changes in the frequency of the system, which needs to be kept at 50Hz.
Telegraph 8th Sept 2021 read more »