Electricity demand and prices have fallen sharply as restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic take effect.
Overall demand is thought to have reduced by around 10% last week in the UK as social distancing measures came into force and many businesses shut down operations.
Day-ahead electricity prices were down by a similar level compared to the previous week.
Roisin Quinn, head of National Grid ESO’s Control Room, said the system operator was managing the fall in demand. She said the Coronavirus situation was unprecedented and “moving so quickly that it’s hard to be definitive about the impact.”
“But there is potential for gas to make up less of the mix of electricity. However it will still need to be called upon by our control room engineers to manage key properties of electricity such as inertia and frequency, so any change may be negligible.”
SmartestEnergy’s Head of Smart Generation Sales, Angus Widdowson said it was as yet unclear how the pandemic will affect the development of new renewable projects “but we are likely to see delays in the deployment of new wind and solar projects.”
Meanwhile, work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear site in Somerset is continuing although EDF has halved numbers working on the project to around 2,000.
However, Energy UK said that the smart-meter rollout has been placed on hold although they will continue to be installed in emergency situations, for example in the event of a fault or if a loss of supply was to occur at a meter.