ESO fires up two coal units to deal with heatwave demand

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) instructed Uniper to fire up two back-up coal-fired power units to cope with additional electricity demand during the ongoing heatwave. One unit generated power for most of Monday (12 June) with the second coming online to help cover the evening peak in demand. Rajiv Gogna, partner at LCP Delta said that the tight margin "is a level we’re more accustomed to seeing on a cold winter day when demand is typically much higher".

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