EU Energy Policy

Heatwave power price surge raises supply questions

The ongoing heatwave in Europe is a reminder that supply shortages can happen during summer and that flexible generation is needed as a back-up The ongoing heatwave in Europe is a reminder that supply shortages can happen during summer and that flexible generation is needed as a back-up.
By Andreas Walstad 26 July 2018 0 31901
The Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. A coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On)

The heatwave affecting much of Europe has caused a surge in power prices, raising questions about the security of the continent’s electricity supply in the longer term. 

Strong demand for air conditioning across much of Europe has coincided with low levels of wind generation in Germany and outages at nuclear power plants in France. Although there is currently enough supply to cover demand, if the heatwave continues it could lead to shortages should more power plants go offline. In France, a number of nuclear plants have...