Back-up power generation capacity will be available for unwindy days, with gas or coal power filling in the gaps.
What\’s difficult to manage is the fact that it takes around three to four hours to switch on a coal station, about 90 minutes to get a gas station running full blast, and several days to crank up a nuclear power station.
The Government\’s current favoured solution is demand-side management, which involves controlling the amount of electricity used by consumers.
They\’ll turn off your lights.
Have to say, there\’s a certain elegance to the system. The solution to the unreliability of wind power is to make the entire electricity system unreliable. What a step forward, eh?