I suspect that the grid may need to rely more on standby diesel Generation to meet short term needs.
I suspect power generation is going to become a huge issue in the next year and a half. While we should be ok from a generation capacity perspective this coming winter, next winter is another question entirely. Early next year we're losing Ferrybridge and Eggborough stations and they aren't being replaced by anything other than a hand full of windmills which won't cover a fraction of the energy they generate.
The governments response to questions on this is something along the lines of "the market will drive new facilities". Clearly that isn't happening. I currently work in the industry and can't say more, as everything I've mentioned is already in the public record. This year's winter power forecast report is also public if people want to look more in to these things.
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