European power fell below safe level says UCTE report

5 July 2002 – Low temperatures last December led to electricity supplies in some European countries falling below the margin considered safe for power supply, according to a report published by the Union for the Co-ordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE) yesterday.

The cold snap of December 2001 affected a number of member countries said the UCTE. Although temperatures in mid December were not remarkably low, the safety margin of available electricity – 5 per cent of all installed power capacity – was breached in 13 December and 17 December last year in several southern European countries including Spain.

The UCTE co-ordinates the interests of transmission system operators in 20 European countries. Their common objective is to guarantee the security of operation of the interconnected power system.

Through the networks of the UCTE, 400 million people are supplied with electric energy; annual electricity consumption totals approx. 2100 TWh.

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