Wind slump risks blackouts as Britain goes green

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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Prolonged periods of low wind and solar power could trigger blackouts as Britain races to ditch fossil fuels, experts have warned.

The country can expect to suffer a slump in wind known as a dunkelflaute – or “dark wind lull” – every 20 years and the system needs to be able to cope, academics from Imperial College London have warned.

Wind farm output fell to 0.6GW on March 3 amid the longest spell of low wind in more than a decade, they said.

The academics urge greater investment in technologies that can help bridge gaps in power supply when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining. Their report was commissioned by the hydro-power and biomass power station owner Drax.

Dr Iain Staffell, of Imperial College London, said: “It’s time for Britain to get serious about the threat of extreme weather events to our…

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