National Grid has fired up a coal-fired power station for the first time in 55 days after Britain’s record-breaking heatwave brought wind turbines to a near-standstill and caused gas-fired power stations to struggle. The electricity system operator brought Britain’s latest coal-free streak to an end by calling for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire to begin generating electricity before a peak in electricity demand. Electricity supplies have become tighter than expected during the heatwave because gas-fired power stations have struggled to generate electricity at their maximum capacity owing to the unusually high temperatures. At the same time wind turbines have slowed because of low wind speeds.
Guardian 12th Aug 2020 read more »
US sanctions against a much-disputed Russian gas pipeline to Germany are a “violation of international law”, Brussels has said amid growing resentment of Washington’s perceived efforts to bully Europe into line. Work on the £9 billion Nord Stream 2 scheme, a flashpoint in transatlantic relations, has stalled and the US Senate recently voted through fresh financial penalties against what the Trump administration has described as “Russia’s malign influence project”. Three prominent Republican senators threatened to “financially destroy” the German port of Sassnitz on the Baltic coast for provisioning Russian pipelaying ships. There are also concerns that the five European energy firms supplying half of Nord Stream 2’s funding, including Shell, may be targeted.
Times 13th Aug 2020 read more »