Combined Cycle, Wind

UCTE report slower growth in electricity consumption

18 July 2005 – The growth of electricity consumption on mainland Europe slowed in 2004 due to milder weather conditions, according to the latest system adequacy report from the Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity.

While electricity consumption grew by 1.7 per cent, the continent’s generation capacity grew by 4 per cent, with most of the developments coming in the form of renewable and combined cycle plants.

Although the report highlighted the continent had sufficient generation capacity it warned that congestion on the Eastern part of the grid was a growing problem. A strong increase of wind generation in Germany also created a challenge for the grid with high-unscheduled flows on interconnections.