Wind power shut off & wasted in 2020: Plenty of wind power was cut off in 2020 to power a million homes for up to a year according to a new report.
A current report brought out by Lane Clark & Peacock LLP (LCP) says mainly because of network constraints, last year had a result of 3.6TWh of wind power turned off & wasted.
It believes if an extra 20GWh of battery storage was set up all over the country, the total of wind power wasted each year may be lowered by up to 50% – it explains that storage capacity needs to be ‘rapidly-scaled’ in order to refrain from wasting large volumes of renewable energy in the future, which raises costs & reduces the capacity of the energy mix that can be made without relying on fossil fuels.
The study shows that wind curtailments in Scotland & England will cost consumers up to £1 billion annually by 2025 and says this is likely to expand, as long as the government’s commitment to quadruple the total of offshore wind capacity to 40GW by 2030.
New battery volume would permit intermittent energy to be stored for future use when it is required, in addition to offering flexibility benefits to balance constantly shifting levels of supply and demand all through the day.
Chris Matson, Partner at LCP states: “Energy storage will play a crucial role in helping to decarbonise the power system, by balancing the grid in real-time and backing up renewable generation.
“The increase in renewable energy capacity, without increases in network capacity or flexible technologies, will result in increasing volumes of renewable energy being wasted, with costs ultimately falling on consumers. This issue needs to be tackled urgently if the UK is to meet its net zero targets.”
Wind power shut off & wasted in 2020