Humphrey Cadoux Hudson, Managing Director, Nuclear Development EDF says low wind conditions this summer demonstrate the need for nuclear as part of the future energy mix. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted not only the UK’s economy and society, but also the electricity system. Faced with extreme unanticipated circumstances, including the lowest-ever national demand for electricity, National Grid, the Electricity System Operator, has taken unprecedented actions to ensure the continuous provision of power. This includes reductions in output from wind turbines, gas plants and interconnectors, and, in the case of nuclear, a longer-term arrangement to reduce output. The ability to deliberately reduce nuclear and other energy sources has provided important help in managing these difficult conditions.
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