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Alternating current (AC) is an electric current which periodically reverses direction, in contrast to direct current (DC) which flows only in one direction.
Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London.
The British Electricity Authority (BEA) was established as the central British electricity authority in 1948 under the nationalisation of the Great Britain's electricity supply industry.
BritNed is a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) submarine power cable between the Isle of Grain in Kent, the United Kingdom; and Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In 1925 Lord Weir chaired a committee that proposed the creation of the Central Electricity Board (CEB) to link the UK’s most efficient power stations with consumers via a ‘national gridiron’.
The Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) was the cornerstone of the British electricity industry for almost forty years, from 1957 to privatisation in the 1990s.
Centrica plc is a British multinational energy and services company with its headquarters in Windsor, Berkshire.
Charles Hesterman Merz (5 October 1874 – 14 or 15 October 1940) was a British electrical engineer who pioneered the use of high-voltage three-phase AC power distribution in the United Kingdom, building a system in the North East of England in the early 20th century that became the model for the country's National Grid.
A corona discharge is an electrical discharge brought on by the ionization of a fluid such as air surrounding a conductor that is electrically charged.
In electrical power generation, the distinct ways of generating electricity incur significantly different costs.
Demand response is a change in the power consumption of an electric utility customer to better match the demand for power with the supply.
Denmark (Danmark), officially the Kingdom of Denmark,Kongeriget Danmark,.
A design basis event (DBE) is a postulated event used to establish the acceptable performance requirements of the structures, systems, and components, such that a Nuclear power plant can withstand the event and not endanger the health or safety of the plant operators or the wider public.
The East–West Interconnector is a high-voltage direct current submarine and subsoil power cable which connects the Irish and British electricity markets.
New nuclear power plants typically have high capital costs for building the first several plants, after which costs tend to fall for each additional plant built as the supply chains develop and the regulatory processes improve.
EirGrid plc is the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland.
Electric power distribution is the final stage in the delivery of electric power; it carries electricity from the transmission system to individual consumers.
Electric power transmission is the bulk movement of electrical energy from a generating site, such as a power plant, to an electrical substation.
An electrical grid is an interconnected network for delivering electricity from producers to consumers.
A substation is a part of an electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system.
The Electricity Act 1947 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that nationalised 505 separate electricity generation and supply organizations in Great Britain on 1 April 1948, both privately owned and state owned, and consolidated them into 14 area electricity boards of the new Central Electricity Authority that the Act created (also known as the British Electricity Authority), which subsequently became the Central Electricity Generating Board.
The Electricity Council was a governmental body set up in 1957 to oversee the electricity supply industry in England and Wales.
The electricity sectors of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are integrated and supply 2.5 million customers from a combination of coal, peat, natural gas, wind and hydropower.
The electricity sector in the United Kingdom relies mainly on fossil fuelled power and 15-20% in nuclear power and similar amounts of renewable power.
Energy use in the United Kingdom stood at 2,249 TWh (193.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent) in 2014.
The environmental benefits of renewable energy technologies are widely recognised, but the contribution that they can make to energy security is less well known.
England and Wales is a legal jurisdiction covering England and Wales, two of the four countries of the United Kingdom.
The European Commission (EC) is an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.
A fossil fuel power station is a power station which burns a fossil fuel such as coal, natural gas, or petroleum to produce electricity.
Fulham Power Station was a coal-fired power station on the north bank of the River Thames at Battersea Reach in Fulham, London, not to be confused with Lots Road Power Station, a mile or so downstream in Chelsea.
Glasgow (Glesga; Glaschu) is the largest city in Scotland, and third most populous in the United Kingdom.
The hertz (symbol: Hz) is the derived unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI) and is defined as one cycle per second.
A high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission system (also called a power superhighway or an electrical superhighway) uses direct current for the bulk transmission of electrical power, in contrast with the more common alternating current (AC) systems.
The home counties are the counties of England that surround London (although several of them do not border it).
The HVDC Cross-Channel (Interconnexion France Angleterre) is the name given to two different high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnectors that operate or have operated under the English Channel between the continental European and British electricity grids.
The HVDC Moyle Interconnector is the 500 MW HVDC link between Auchencrosh, South Ayrshire in Scotland and Ballycronan More, County Antrim in Northern Ireland, which went into service in 2001.
The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE, pronounced I-E-E) was a British professional organisation of electronics, electrical, manufacturing, and Information Technology professionals, especially electrical engineers.
An intermittent energy source is any source of energy that is not continuously available for conversion into electricity and outside direct control because the used primary energy cannot be stored.
The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin), also known simply as Mann (Mannin), is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Isle of Man to England Interconnector is a submarine power cable connecting the transmission system of the Manx Electricity Authority to that of Great Britain.
The Isle of Wight (also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IOW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England.
Joule heating, also known as Ohmic heating and resistive heating, is the process by which the passage of an electric current through a conductor produces heat.
This is a list of energy storage projects worldwide, other than pumped hydro storage.
This is a list of high voltage (above 150 kV) AC electrical transmission lines.
This is a list of notable high-voltage direct-current power transmission projects.
This is a list of islands of Scotland, the mainland of which is part of the island of Great Britain.
This is a list of notable wide-scale power outages.
Load management, also known as demand side management (DSM), is the process of balancing the supply of electricity on the network with the electrical load by adjusting or controlling the load rather than the power station output.
Longannet power station was a large closed coal-fired power station in Fife.
Macmillan Publishers Ltd (occasionally known as the Macmillan Group) is an international publishing company owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
A magnetic core is a piece of magnetic material with a high magnetic permeability used to confine and guide magnetic fields in electrical, electromechanical and magnetic devices such as electromagnets, transformers, electric motors, generators, inductors, magnetic recording heads, and magnetic assemblies.
Merz and McLellan was a leading British electrical engineering consultancy based in Newcastle.
National Grid plc is a British multinational electricity and gas utility company headquartered in Warwick, United Kingdom.
In order to balance the supply and demand of electricity on short timescales, the UK National Grid has contracts in place with generators and large energy users to provide temporary extra power, or reduction in demand.
The National Trust, formally the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom.
Nemo Link is a HVDC submarine power cable under construction between Richborough Energy Park in Kent, the United Kingdom and Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Neptune Bank Power Station was a coal-fired power station situated on the River Tyne at Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles (166 km) south of Edinburgh and 277 miles (446 km) north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, from the North Sea.
Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
The North Sea Link (also known as North Sea Network Link or NSN Link, HVDC Norway–Great Britain, and Norway–UK interconnector) is a 1,400 MW subsea high-voltage direct current electricity cable under construction between Norway and the United Kingdom.
Nottinghamshire (pronounced or; abbreviated Notts) is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west.
Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release nuclear energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power plant.
In electricity networks, the operating reserve is the generating capacity available to the system operator within a short interval of time to meet demand in case a generator goes down or there is another disruption to the supply.
Orkney (Orkneyjar), also known as the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated off the north coast of Great Britain.
The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar or Na h-Eileanan an Iar), Innse Gall ("islands of the strangers") or the Long Isle or the Long Island (An t-Eilean Fada), is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.
An overhead cable is a cable for the transmission of information, laid on utility poles.
A power station, also referred to as a power plant or powerhouse and sometimes generating station or generating plant, is an industrial facility for the generation of electric power.
Renewable energy in the United Kingdom can be divided into the generation of renewable electricity, the generation of renewable heat and renewable energy use in the transport sector.
The River Trent is the third-longest river in the United Kingdom.
Scotland (Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
ScottishPower Ltd. is a vertically integrated energy company with its headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sindlesham is an estate village in the borough of Wokingham in Berkshire, England.
The Sizewell nuclear power stations are two nuclear power stations located near the small fishing village of Sizewell in Suffolk, England.
Skye, or the Isle of Skye (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach or Eilean a' Cheò), is the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
The spark spread is the theoretical gross margin of a gas-fired power plant from selling a unit of electricity, having bought the fuel required to produce this unit of electricity.
SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc) is a Scottish energy company headquartered in Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom.
A submarine power cable is a major transmission cable for carrying electric power below the surface of the water.
Sundon is a civil parish in the English county of Bedfordshire.
A super grid is a wide area transmission network that makes it possible to trade high volumes of electricity across great distances.
The Blitz was a German bombing offensive against Britain in 1940 and 1941, during the Second World War.
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.
The Independent is a British online newspaper.
The Midlands is a cultural and geographic area roughly spanning central England that broadly corresponds to the early medieval Kingdom of Mercia.
The Times is a British daily (Monday to Saturday) national newspaper based in London, England.
Three-phase electric power is a common method of alternating current electric power generation, transmission, and distribution.
A transmission system operator (TSO) is an entity entrusted with transporting energy in the form of natural gas ENTSO-G. Retrieved: 2 October 2010.
TV pickup is a term used in the United Kingdom to refer to a phenomenon that affects electricity generation and transmission networks.
Viking Link is a planned 1,400 MW HVDC submarine power cable between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom and Revsing in southern Jutland, Denmark.
Wales (Cymru) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain.
Walham is a village in Longford parish, north of Gloucester, England.
The watt (symbol: W) is a unit of power.
The West Burton power stations are a pair of power stations on the River Trent near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England.
The Western HVDC Link is a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electrical link currently under construction between Hunterston in Western Scotland and Flintshire Bridge (Connah's Quay) in North Wales, routed to the west of the Isle of Man.
The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was an American manufacturing company.
A wide area synchronous grid (also called an "interconnection" in North America) is an electrical grid at a regional scale or greater that operates at a synchronized frequency and is electrically tied together during normal system conditions.
William Douglas Weir, 1st Viscount Weir GCB PC (12 May 1877 – 2 July 1959) was a Scottish industrialist and politician, who served as President of the Air Council in 1918.
Wokingham is an historic market town in Berkshire, England, west of London, southeast of Reading, north of Camberley and west of Bracknell.
The 2003 London blackout was a serious power outage that occurred in parts of southern London and north-west Kent on 28 August 2003.
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