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Keeping the lights on: energy supply resilience and the transition to low carbon generation
November 24, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The electricity system is always subject to disturbances, usually caused by the weather but also by equipment faults. With such high dependency on electricity for lighting, communication, water treatment, traffic management, industrial processes, safety systems, countless appliances and, increasingly, heating and transport, we can’t allow disturbances to be disruptive. That is, the electricity industry has a responsibility to ensure a resilient supply of power and must take every reasonable effort to prevent, contain and quickly and safely recover from interruptions to supply.
In this talk, we will look at how interruptions to supply are kept to minimum. We will also dig into a couple of major recent disturbances and the challenges they highlight, not just for present day resilience but also how to ensure it as the generation mix changes to one with increasing amounts of weather dependent production and technologies that are very different from those we’ve used for a hundred years as we follow the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels.
Keith Bell is a member of the UK’s Climate Change Committee, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He holds the Scottish Power Chair in Smart Grids at the University of Strathclyde. He joined the University in 2005 having previously worked as an electrical engineering researcher in Bath, Manchester and Naples, and as a system development engineer in the electricity supply industry in England. He is a co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, is involved in CIGRE, the International Council of Large Electric Systems, and has advised the Scottish, UK and Irish governments and the UK’s office of gas and electricity markets, Ofgem, on electrical energy and power systems issues.