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UK’s National Grid to get grid stability services from renewables for the first time

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A general view of solar panels at Westmill Wind Farm & Solar Park, which is community owned and supports local renewable energy, in Watchfield, near Swindon, Britain September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

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LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Britain’s National Grid said on Monday it would be able to obtain grid stability services from renewable energy generators for the first time, as part of the decarbonisation of the electricity sector and as more and more fossil fuel generators are taken offline.

Britain aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, which will require a huge increase in the amount of renewable energy as it moves away from fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal .

Traditionally, conventional power plants such as gas or coal have provided balancing services through contracts to maintain grid stability to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. But as older coal and gas-fired plants are taken out of service, there must be more ways to ensure grid stability.

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The UK government aims to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from offshore wind power by 2030 – up from around 10 GW currently – which it says would be enough to power every home.

“From today, wind, wave and solar generators will be able to offer the kind of stability services traditionally provided by conventional generators,” National Grid’s power system operator said in a statement. .

He said he had amended the GB Grid Code, a rulebook for what connects to the grid, so that renewable generators and power interconnectors can compete to provide grid stability services, alongside fossil fuel generators which are directly connected to the transmission system.

Having a stable network is essential to ensure a reliable supply of electricity. It ensures that a constant 50Hz frequency is maintained and voltages do not fluctuate, which also protects equipment, National Grid ESO said.

“This supports the system’s transition away from conventional fossil fuel generation, ensures the continued security of the system while this transition takes place, and saves consumers money by helping ESO operate the system efficiently.” , he added.

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Reporting by Marwa Rashad; Editing by Nina Chestney

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