Electricity demand on weekdays is at its lowest level since 1982, an Imperial College analysis has found. Electricity demand on weekdays has fallen by 13 per cent due to lockdown, academics from Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights said. The last time demand was this low was the early 1980s – a time when there were 10 million fewer people in the country, and GDP was a third lower than today. The study said that Britain’s electricity demand during lockdown was much like living through “a month of Sundays”, as the average profile for a March weekend day in previous years looks very similar to the daily profile for weekdays since lockdown began.
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Slumping energy demand could spark brighter future for renewables. Reduced electricity consumption because of coronavirus does not mean prices will fall for consumers. As the temperature edged closer to 20 degrees Celsius on the morning of Sunday, May 10, demand for electricity across the UK was rapidly dropping close to its lowest level of the modern era. A combination of warm weather, the closure of shops and other businesses, and strict lockdown measures conspired to force power consumption down. But how will this massive hit to usage affect the energy industry in the long run? Renewable power sources are likely to emerge from the current doldrums victorious, experts agree, while the outlook for household bills, and dirtier energy such as coal and gas, is less bright.
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Renewables generated more than 40% of Britain’s power in the first three months of the year – overtaking fossil fuels for the first time, analysis shows. Wind farms were vying for top spot with gas in the electricity mix, generating 30.5% of power, just behind fossil fuels which contributed 30.6% between January and March. Severe winter storms in the wettest and windiest February since records began helped make it first month on record when more electricity was produced by wind farms than gas-fired power stations across the country.
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