Britain needs more gas storage sites to reduce the risk of a supply shortage that could lead to blackouts, a leading energy consultancy has warned. The country’s gas supply position is “precarious” and winter shortfalls could jeopardise fuel supplies for power stations, according to Wood Mackenzie. Graham Freedman, its principal analyst for European gas, accused the government of “taking its eye off the ball” after the closure of Britain’s main storage site and urged it to act to “get some more gas storage in place”. The question of gas security has risen up the agenda after the “Beast from the East” cold snap in the spring, when a supply scare led to prices surging to two-decade highs. MPs on the business and energy select committee have launched an inquiry to examine the need for more gas storage.
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Wind turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand in October, according to new analysis. WWF Scotland said that National Grid demand for the month was 1,850,512 MWh and that almost all of this could have been provided by wind turbines, which provided record levels of power. Turbines generated the equivalent of 98% of all Scotland’s electricity demand or enough to power nearly five million homes last month, the group said. The best day was October 23 when turbines generated 105,900.94 MWh, enough to power 8.72 million homes or 356% of households, according to WWF Scotland analysis of data from WeatherEnergy. Demand that day was 45,274.5MWh and wind generation was 234% of that. Dr Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said: “What a month October proved to be, with wind powering on average 98% of Scotland’s entire electricity demand for the month, and exceeding our total demand for a staggering 16 out of 31 days.
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