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Networks – Electricity Transmission Network

Overview Network operators are those who own and maintain the infrastructure that allows the electricity produced by generators to be transferred across the country to households/factories etc. There are two different levels of network in the UK: Transmission; and Distribution (LINK). The Transmission Network transports electricity across the entire length of the country. Large scale…

Networks – Electricity Distribution Network

Overview There are two different levels of network in the UK: Transmission; and Distribution. While large scale generation tend to be connected to the Transmission network (see previous blog LINK), smaller scale generation is connected to the Distribution network. The Distribution network operates at lower voltages compared to the Transmission network with voltages reduced by…

What happens when the lights go out?

Imagine being at home, TV on, kettle on, just about to sit and watch your favourite programme after a long hard day. And then the lights go out. WTF is going on? Chances are you won’t be the only one saying that. Short-term blackouts can occur, usually because of a localised issue at a nearby…

It’s blowing a gale outside, why is that windfarm not spinning?

There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter (Billy Connolly). We get wind, rain, and cold temperatures almost all year round. Our climate does have its benefits, namely for renewable generation. We have close to 10GW of onshore/offshore wind farms currently installed in Scotland[1]. If operating at full capacity, this is enough energy to…

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