As demand for electricity rises, supply can become jeopardised. With electricity difficult to store, how to power companies manage this delicate balancing act?
- Electricity producers have to manage the balance between supply and demand.
- Electricity cannot be easily stored on a large scale.
- To stay profitable, power plants have to be careful not to overproduce electricity.
- Mothballing is when a power plant is closed to wait for demand and prices to increase before restarting production.
Electricity producers manage a delicate balancing act between supply and demand.
Unlike other energy sources, such as fossil fuels, electricity cannot be easily stored on a large scale.
Producers have to forecast how much electricity people will want, and make sure their capacity is large enough to meet that demand. ...
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