Our 2016 Summer Outlook Report has been published today. It presents our view of the gas and electricity systems for the summer ahead.
In the report, we consider how periods of low demand and within-day variability affect the operation of the electricity network.
The Summer Outlook Report, which you can download here, includes our latest analysis to enable the energy industry to plan for the summer months. With significant changes occurring in the energy sector, we share how we’re working with stakeholders to explore, build and implement new ways of balancing the gas and electricity networks.
In the report, we consider how periods of low demand and within-day variability affect the operation of the electricity network. We expect to see a continuing fall in electricity transmission system demand this summer, with both lower peak and minimum demand levels. This trend is largely caused by sources of generation – particularly solar – that are directly connected to the local networks, and greater energy efficiency.
We have a range of tools and services to help us to balance the system during the summer. You can find out more about these in our new ‘toolbox’ chapter.
Changing demand patterns
With highly diverse and flexible sources of gas supply, we are confident that there will be sufficient gas available to meet this summer’s demand. Most of our gas will come from the UK Continental Shelf and Norway. We also expect higher volumes of liquefied natural gas to be delivered to Great Britain compared to last year due to increased global availability.
A variety of gas sources and changing demand patterns in the summer continue to reduce the predictability of flows and present us with new challenges in operating the system. You can find out more in the report about how we’re working with the industry to make sure that we can plan the most efficient and cost-effective network, while continuing to meet the needs of our customers.
Our outlook reports are just one source of information in our suite of ‘Future of Energy’ publications.