The National Grid has released its preliminary report into the power cut which caused massive disruption across the UK on August 9th, affecting over a million people and creating chaos in rail and road services.
Paul Homewood summarises the main points here:
- Lightning was the original cause, even though such strikes are perfectly common, and do not usually result in such catastrophic blackouts
- Hornsea wind farm tripped first, contrary to original reports.
- They still don’t seem to know exactly why either Hornsea or Little Barford tripped, though it was obviously due to the lightning.
- Along with the loss of 500MW of small embedded generation (wind and solar), the total loss was about 1878MW
- National Grid has 1000MW of automatic back up power available, incl 472MW of battery storage. Clearly this was not enough.
- Following the lightning strike, the grid’s protection systems worked properly
But more interesting, he goes on to argue, is what the report doesn’t tell you:
Read the rest on Breitbart.