FORBES | Coronavirus had a sudden and dramatic negative impact on power demand, which fell by 20% in the UK during the lockdown period with similar drops across Europe. Coronavirus power demand destruction has given us a glimpse into the future when variable renewable energy (VRE: wind and solar) makes up a higher proportion of power supply. At current levels, the power system lacks the flexibility to support this variability: the bigger the share of VRE in a system, the greater the challenge.
Will Covid-19 be a wake-up call to get Europe on track for its new flexibility feet build-out? Wood Mackenzie's Rory McCarthy and Victor Laurent discuss the flexibility challenges faced in the UK, an island lacking interconnection and therefore needing flexibility before its European mainland counterparts.
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