European regulators have launched an enquiry over the power cut that briefly left 10 million people in the dark last week-end. But the outing also raised questions about the grid’s ability to cope with the addition of renewable energy sources.
The outage that left 10 million Europeans without power on 6 November is still being investigated, but some think that the grid’s inability to deal with ever-increasing amounts of wind power might be an explanation.
“We don’t know whether wind is responsible or not,” said Daniel Dobbeni, the President of the European Transmission System Operator (ETSO) at a press conference on large-scale integration of wind energy on 7 November.
European Energy Regulators agreed on 7 November to launch “an urgent inquiry” at a European level as to what caused the blackout.
Sir John Mogg, the president of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) said the blackout “demonstrates the need, now more than ever, for an integrated European electricity grid subject to proper regulatory oversight”.
However, such proposals have so far met with resistance from the member states. At a summit in March this year, they rejected a Commission proposal to introduce a single European energy regulator as “premature”.